Are Manchester City Going Cold on Pellegrini?

Manuel Pellegrini (Wikimedia Commons)

Manuel Pellegrini (Wikimedia Commons)

There are few secrets in the current managerial merry-go-round. Sir Alex Ferguson’s imminent decision to retire was leaked early, as was Roberto Mancini’s sacking. Similarly, the arrival of David Moyes at Old Trafford was almost immediately public knowledge, swiftly followed by the news that Everton would be pursuing Roberto Martinez as his replacement. In addition to all this, everyone has known for weeks that Jose Mourinho is on his way back to Chelsea.

High on this list of worst kept secrets is the approach being made by Manchester City to Manuel Pellegrini, despite his recent denials that anything was actually in place.

However, Pellegrini’s public admission that he has been in talks with City’s officials this week might not be quite the confirmation of his appointment it would at first seem.

Speaking to Spanish TV station Canal Sur, he said: “I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out.”

He added: “As of today, I don’t have a signed contract. It is true that Manchester City have shown a lot of interest that I become their coach and I have had conversations with them.
Until things have been signed, you cannot say everything is completely done.”

To speak of “hope” in this way indicates this deal is clearly not done and dusted and might be far from it.

Could it be that Pellegrini, having agreed in principle to take on the job, is now waiting with more than a little anxiety for City to get back and confirm a contract is on the table waiting for him to sign, and hinting that they need to make their mind up quickly? And does that in turn indicate that City are getting cold feet, not least as the prospect of Pellegrini as manager has evidently failed to enthuse the fans?

If there are any doubts, they should emerge soon enough, but with City’s interest in Pellegrini now public knowledge, any further delay in getting the deal done may only add to them.

12 Comments on "Are Manchester City Going Cold on Pellegrini?"

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  1. tonyblue says:

    No one has gone cold. Saturday is the last day of the Spanish season. And until then Pellegrini is the manager of Malaga. He will be announced as City manager. That’s the way it was always going to be.

  2. Jem says:

    “Could it be that Pellegrini, having agreed in principle to take on the job, is now waiting with more than a little anxiety for City to get back and confirm a contract is on the table waiting for him to sign, and hinting that they need to make their mind up quickly? And does that in turn indicate that City are getting cold feet, not least as the prospect of Pellegrini as manager has evidently failed to enthuse the fans?”

    NO.
    Could it be that you haven’t anything to write about?

  3. CiTyBlUe says:

    Yet another amateur conspiracy theorist, yawn.

  4. HeavyRiffs says:

    Yawn, what pontificating piffle.

  5. Fifthcolumnblue says:

    I’m enthused.

    So are 80% of other fans I’ve spoken to in the pub , forums and Twitter.

    You need to get out more.

  6. EastAng_1 says:

    City are probably already trying to figure out who they can find to replace Pelligrini. Imagine taking that job. Win the Premier League the year before – something that City haven’t done in 4 centuries – finish second the following year and get sacked before the season’s done.

    Yes, its ridiculous Mancini didn’t get out of the group stage of the Champions League again – with a team and a bankroll like City’s they should at least be able to get second in the group if not win the damn thing. But give the man a chance.

    I don’t even like Manchester United, Arsenal, or Everton, but their willingness to stick by their managers is a credit to the clubs.

  7. stuart reed says:

    listen, there are loads of useless, clueless “sports” websites set up just to make advertising revenue and there are loads of clueless no-nowt wannabe-journos out there. this is just one of em

  8. Yes_in_Fergusons_lifetime says:

    My name is Charles and I am a 21 year old Philosophy graduate of the University of Royston Vesey and its been my life long dream to be an international renowned Sports journalist.

    My favourite sports are Twister and Football Manager on the Xbox

    Note the clever way in which I took one word “hope” and managed to write a whole article based on it. Pellegrini better watch whats he is saying in future with me around!

  9. stuart reed says:

    Yes_in_Fergusons_lifetime – are you local? If you look at Charles’ profile you’ll see “Born and raised in the Manchester area,has been following football since the early 1980s” which means he’s from either Salford, Trafford,Cheshire, London, Ireland or Scaninavia and a rag since Sky took over – and still clueless!!

    • Charles Britten Charles Britten says:

      Stuart, if you’d read my profile to start with you’d note I am actually gainfully employed as a writer and have been for several years. Thanks for giving me a great laugh there!

      Heck, if I hadn’t been so busy with my paid writing maybe I’d have penned a decent article.

      Still, it’s interesting that you think Sky TV existed in the early 1980s. I think that shows exactly how much you know.

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