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Manchester City boss admits top four failure could lead to the boot

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.

Pellegrini’s side face West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with Liverpool hot on their heels in fifth place, four points behind last season’s Premier League champions.

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.”

The Mail on Sunday also claim City talked to Jurgen Klopp two years ago, opting instead for Pellegrini as Roberto Mancini’s replacement. Klopp recently announced he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, which means he is free to take over at another club in the summer.

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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