The Mail on Sunday report that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted for the first time he could be kicked out of the Eastlands club if his side finishes outside the Champions League places this season.
City have lost four of their last five games and are almost certain to end the campaign without a single trophy.
“You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don’t win the title,” Pellegrini said.
“(But) If we miss out (on the Champions League) then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing.”
City’s initial strategy was to allow Pellegrini to continue until the end of his three-year contract in 2016 and then try and persuade Pep Guardiola to leave Bayern Munich for the cash-rich Etihad outfit. However if City miss out on a top four place, the club’s hierarchy may be forced to choose Pellegrini’s replacement sooner than expected.
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