Manuel Pellegrini on speculation of his firing: “I never had any doubt all season”

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Manchester City just won their sixth straight game with a 2-0 win over Southampton earlier today, and although many had surmised that Manuel Pellegrini’s job was under fire, the Chilean said he was assured that his position was safe.

City went through a difficult stretch of form in April and dropped to fourth place in the league table, a lackluster run conflicting with the high standards of the 2013-14 Premier League champions.

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In addition, a Champions League defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 had many pointing fingers at Pellegrini, again failing to establish the Sky Blues dominance abroad.

The former Malaga boss believes that his club’s management aren’t that harsh, though, and would never give him the ax due to an inability to defend the league crown. But he admitted the Citizens were ultimately a disappointment, citing the “loss of too many stupid points.”

“I’ve never had any doubt in my mind all season,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.

“I know what the owners think, I speak with them all the time. They’re not owners who think because you do not win the title you must go out.”

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“I am not happy with the way we worked the whole year,” Pellegrini said. “We lost too many stupid points.

“But I assure you we are going to grow as a club next season. The most important target for us is to recover the title next season, and I believe we are not far away from doing that.”

For a big-money side like Manchester City, winning becomes more of a necessity than a luxury, as every result counts. Sure, these standards may be near impossible to reach all of the time. Worldwide prestige is at stake for City now year-in, year-out, so a second, third or fourth place finish in the league has little significance compared to the major prize: a Champions League trophy.