On the 1st of February 2015 Man City named Pep Guardiola as the new manager for next season. It was a huge coup for City to finally get the best manager in the world after years of chasing him. But have the Qatari owned club made a mistake in announcing him so soon?
Manuel Pellegrini has done a good job at the Etihad Stadium since been appointed manager in June 2013. He currently boasts a win record of over 60% and has guided Man City to a Premier League trophy and one League Cup. This season, the Chilean has his side battling in all 4 competitions to date.
They face Liverpool in the League Cup Final on 28th of February. Prior to that, they face a favourable Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev, and a FA Cup tie against Chelsea this weekend. The decision to announce a new manager when your season is going this well is bizarre.
The worst kept secret in football was out and the English media can’t wait for the ex Barcelona coach to arrive. His record speaks for itself. He had all the big clubs in England begging at his feet but it is Manchester City who will reap the rewards.
However, Man City didn’t need the announcement, the fans didn’t need it – and, certainly, Pellegrini didn’t need to hear it.
Since the 1st of February Man City have played 3 times. They scraped past Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and have lost at home to both title contenders Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Before the announcement they had lost just once in 10 games in all competitions.
What should happen at any club when a new manager is announced is the players react. They perform to the best of their ability. At the moment, City’s superstars have not responded. They were outplayed by Leicester in their own back yard in a performance that simply was not good enough: when you look at the budgets between the two sides it was a terrible result.
Its time for the players to stand up and give their coach the send off he deserves. The big games are coming thick and fast with no time for relaxing.
When you look at the Citizen’s squad, there are players that can be easily moved on but they have a chance to show Pep they deserve to be at the club. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Joe Hart, Nicholas Otamendi and a couple more are all certain to stay but for the likes of Yaya Toure, its open season.
A huge 7 days starts for Man City, Pellegrini and the squad this Sunday in the FA Cup against Chelsea. Can they find their form and lift some silverware come the end of the season?
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