Wednesday 13 December 2017

Pellegrini: It's not simply a case of win or you're out of a job

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini (right) has again defended his position following increased speculation over his future.

Pellegrini is under growing scrutiny as City's season threatens to unravel and end in under-achievement.

City now seem unlikely to retain their Premier League title with having fallen six points behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand, after a run of just three wins in nine games.

Their hopes of salvaging something from the campaign now seem to come down to the unlikely prospect of overturning a 2-1 deficit at Barcelona in the Champions League tomorrow evening.

City axed Roberto Mancini after a frustrating 2012-13 season, just a year after winning the title.

But Pellegrini said: "Roberto left the club for other reasons, not because he didn't win anything one year. It's not 'if you don't win, you're out.

"Of course winning trophies here is extremely important. I understand you can't just say, "It doesn't matter, we'll come in fourth or fifth because we've got a long-term project'.

"But in the last four years this team has won two leagues, come second once, and won the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. I have never felt the situation is that if I don't win I am out whatever happens."

City have not built on last year's second title success in three seasons and Pellegrini feels his team is still lacking a "crack" player to complement the firepower he already has.

Last summer's spending had to be restricted to £49million ndue to UEFA Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Pellegrini said: "This year we improved the squad while working within those limits. What we did not do was bring in a crack. I think this team now needs a crack, another special player."

But Pellegrini does not think there is good value to be found in the English player market.

He said: "It is important to have English players but can you sign them?

"Can you get (Raheem) Sterling? Maybe if you go to Liverpool with £100million you can."


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