Pellegrini bids adieu to Etihad Stadium: “I will never forget” the fans

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Manuel Pellegrini will leave Manchester City at season’s end, his predecessor determined earlier this year when Pep Guardiola agreed to a pre-contract.

And the well-liked manager seemed a bit emotional after a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in his final home match as City boss.

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Later saluted by rival manager Arsene Wenger as a respected man who is “liked by everybody”, Pellegrini implored his fans to stay the course.

From the BBC:

“For me it’s been three wonderful, unforgettable years. Thanks to the fans for all, I will never forget you. Don’t change, because this team needs you and I’m sure next year you will do well in all competitions.

“Thank you all, I will see you.”

He’s a classy man, and part of us hopes there’s a landing spot somewhere in the Premier League for the Argentine. He’s been hard done-by at City, although turning down Pep Guardiola is a difficult thing for any club.

Godspeed, Manuel.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Manchester City fans show their support to Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)