Manuel Pellegrini’s job has looked less secure as the season has progressed.
Now comments have emerged that could finish his job completely. Yaya Toure has had a tough season at Manchester City and it seems that his agent his not happy with how he has been treated by the Etihad Stadium outfit..Dimitri Seluk has claimed that the club have tried to use Toure as a scapegoat for bigger problems behind the scenes and has called Pellegrini a “weak manager.”
Salek said” “If City want Yaya to leave, they should just come out and say so.
“Two of the biggest clubs have already asked me if he is available and I know that if City would sell another 10 would call me inside 24 hours.”
Salek has been very open in his comments about Manchester City and it seems he is ready to show them that his player can do better without the Northern club.
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These comments show just how Pellegrini has already lost one, quite key, member of his team. Toure has been the ring leader and “go-to man” at the club for a number of years. Young players look up to him out of respect and pride and Toure has said he is hurt at how he has been treated by the media this past season.
Pellegrini seemed to stand up for the 31-year-old by giving him the captain’s armband when Vincent Kompany was out injured, but it seems that behind the scenes things are not quite right.
Whilst he hasn’t been at his best playing form, Toure is an integral part of the team. Pellegrini has been clinging onto his job by the skin of his teeth following a number of disappointing results, which sees the league’s big spenders sitting 12 points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the title. City have also failed to reach the quarter-final stage in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup this season.
Seluk’s comments are just one in a number who say Pellegrini is living on borrowed time. The pressure is mounting to make sure the City finish in the top four and secure Champions League football next season. Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has said he is not surprised the Chilean could be on his way out.
“If you invest so much money they expect you to fight for the title in England and expect you to go a very long way in the Champions League and unfortunately, this season it hasn’t happened,” he said.
Man City’s previous boss Roberto Manchini was sacked despite winning the Premier League the season before and it looks like it could be déjà vu at the Etihad Stadium.
Whilst Sven’s, and many other pundits’, comments will matter to the owners it could be those made by Seluk which will be Pellegrini’s downfall. Every manager will take criticism in his job every day but when you start to lose the players it is time to stop.
It seems that Pellegrini has not just lost a player but a leader and a true inspiration at the club.