Manuel Pellegrini has been getting hot under the collar over the last few weeks. Manchester City have had their confidence knocked massively due to successive losses in both the Champions League – which they are now out of – and in the League. At Old Trafford last weekend, Pellegrini was greeted with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” from the United faithful.
Is there some truth in this – is Manuel Pellegrini’s job safe?
In a nutshell, no. Truly, no manager’s job is safe in football. But at the minute, Pellegrini’s job is hanging in the balance. You only need to look at City’s last manager to see what lies ahead for Pellegrini.
Roberto Mancini’s time at the Etihad brought the Sky Blues Premier League glory, but his tenure ended all too abruptly. Mancini lead his side to the Premier League title in 2012, in one of the most dramatic final days of the season ever. Sergio Aguero’s winner in added time meant City won the title on goal difference over their local rivals Manchester United. It was the first time City had won the title in the Premier League era, but this huge achievement was not enough.
Mancini was sacked exactly one year after masterminding that historic title victory. This was largely down to the fact Manchester City could not perform in Europe (which is still the case now), lost the FA Cup to Wigan, and could not retain the title. But, how many teams could attain all three? Not many. But for City, their targets weren’t met so it was time to say goodbye to Roberto.
And now for Manuel Pellegrini, it looks like it is history repeating itself. Pellegrini bagged the Premier League last year in his first season in charge. But they are out of the Champions League, just like all other English sides. They aren’t in the FA Cup, and they will not be winning the Premier League again this year. They have dropped down to fourth, and it is not even certain that they will finish there.
Coincidentally – or not so – Jurgen Klopp has announced he will be relieving himself of his managerial duties at Borussia Dortmund at the end of this season. So come the 1st of July, Klopp will be free to manage another side. Could it be Manchester City? You would certainly bet on it.
Then again, this could be Klopp’s fate in two years’ time, should he take the position.