New Pellegrini deal means nothing


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is under no illusions about the security his new contract brings. The pressure to win trophies and succeed in Europe remains. Otherwise his new deal means nothing.

The Chilean followed up Premier League title success in his first year as City boss with a half-hearted defence, exited cup competitions early and found himself answering streams of questions about his future.

‘In a big team you cannot be two years without winning a title,’ he said. ‘It is very important to win it. It is also important to demonstrate to the media and the fans that it is not just because you didn’t win a title that you cannot continue working. You must analyse your work.

‘After that you have to change things. But also when you win you must make some changes. It is difficult in a big team to be two years without winning a title but it is also important when you don’t win a title to trust the work you’re doing.’

With his contract due to expire at the end of this season, City tried to remove some of that uncertainty by signing Pellegrini and three of his backroom staff to one-year extensions on Friday, tying the coaching team to the Etihad until 2017, nominally at least.

Current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola will continue to cast a large shadow over Manchester City until his future is resolved. Most expect him to move to the Etihad at the end of the season, but the City hierarchy have had to move fast to ensure Pellegrini isn't viewed as a lame duck and the new seaon is written off before it begins.

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