A large pool of talented players compose the squad of Manchester City, and with those men leading the Sky Blues both domestically and internationally, the board’s expectations for trophies each season are immense.
The Premier League giant, at fourth place in the league table, have won only two of their last eight games, and were knocked out of Champions League contention by Barcelona in the round of 16.
That’s why Manuel Pellegrini, despite a possible top-three finish in the league table, may find himself in the firing sights of City management looking to execute change and revitalize the team.
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Although it’s easy to heap blame on a team’s boss due to weak results, Pellegrini thinks sacking a manager is “not the correct diagnosis“, indirectly making the case for another year at the Etihad.
City’s starting goalkeeper, Joe Hart, understands the coaching situation from a production standpoint and also thinks he and his fellow teammates failed to utilize Pellegrini’s guidelines.
“When you don’t win, it’s going to be difficult. We want to win, we’ve got high standards.
“People have been disappointed in their own performances, we’ve let the manager down a few times in certain games and we’ve baffled ourselves a little bit because we feel like we’ve got the quality to beat anyone and that’s not been the case.
“[Pellegrini] has got principles that we work to, that we train to and, like I say, we’ve let him down a few times in that case.”
Managing a team similar to Manchester City will present any manager with significant challenges in the long-term. Jurgen Klopp has surfaced as a possible candidate for Pellegrini’s replacement, but given Borussia Dortmund’s unsuccessful year in the German Bundesliga, City may weigh their options differently and allow the Chilean to serve the rest of his contract (only one year left).