After Manchester City’s 6-0 drubbing over Tottenham on Sunday, the Citizens sit in fourth position in the Premier League, only six points behind league leaders Arsenal who they face in a couple of weeks time.
So you would think that everything at the Etihad is rosy with their league position being healthy, they’ve got the best goal difference in the league and, they have scored thirteen goals and conceded one goal during the course of November. A very good month indeed, however, despite this early success, Manuel Pellegrini’s future looks in doubt.
When new, foreign owners tend to buy English football clubs, they pull the trigger to early on managers who have hardly been given a chance to show how well they can manage a club; Andre Villas-Boas and Luis Scolari at Chelsea were prime examples of gaffers not being given enough time to win over the fans after bad results, and ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice by losing their jobs.
Even though Pellegrini’s team is doing well at home, their away form is shocking. In their first twelve league matches this season, City have only won one of their first six away league games, losing four and drawing one. In three of these away games, the defeats were due to goalkeeping mistakes from Joe Hart, England’s number one goalkeeper, and for a team who want to challenge for the title, this isn’t good enough and they need to improve quickly.
Their sublime home form has somewhat distracted the media attention away from their shocking away form this season, and if that were not to improve over the course of these season, then City’s title challenge will be hard to maintain, as history shows that Premier League winners need to have good form both home and away.
City are still gelling with their new gaffer Manuel Pellegrini, as the Chilean is still looking for his strongest starting XI, but, he needs to find his strongest team soon, otherwise, it could be too late for the Chilean.
We’ve seen in the past that Mansour Al Nahyan (City’s owner) isn’t scared of pulling the trigger early on managers who haven’t performed. Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini (despite winning the league), are managers who have faced the angry typhoon of the City owner, and if this away rut were to carry on, City could be managerless during the mid way point of the season.