Saturday, 15 June 2013

PRESSURE FALLS ON PELLEGRINI


ABOVE: Pellegrini is all smiles after being confirmed as the Manchester City manager
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The pressure will be on him right from the start as City look to challenge in the Champions League
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15th June 2013

By Jeremy Cross

MANUEL PELLEGRINI admits there will be no excuse for failure after becoming the new Manchester City boss.

The worst-kept secret in the Premier League was confirmed last night when Pellegrini was unveiled by City.
The Chilean has agreed a three-year deal worth around £5m a season to succeed Roberto Mancini, who was sacked last month.
The pressure will be on him right from the start as City look to challenge in the Champions League and win back the Premier League title from Manchester United - and the club's Abu Dhabi owners have made it clear that Pellegrini must win some silverware in his first season in charge.
But Pellegrini admits he is inheriting a fantastic squad and that there is no reason why the Etihad club shouldn't keep on landing trophies. He reckons City have the best team in English football and one that should be winning more titles.
He said: "I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity. The club has a clear vision for success and I am committed to making a significant contribution.
"Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful.
"I'm sure we have the best squad in the Premier League, wonderful players and can reach more titles in the next three or four years in Manchester."
Pellegrini revealed he rejected several offers from other clubs in favour of taking charge at City.
And the former Real Madrid and Malaga boss praised Mancini for the job he did, but insisted it was the start of a new era at the club.
The 59-year-old added: "Roberto did a great job here, but we now start a new cycle."
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