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Pellegrini appears safe at City

Published 08/04/2015

Manuel Pellegrini's team lost 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday, but the Chilean looks to be safe for now
Manuel Pellegrini's team lost 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday, but the Chilean looks to be safe for now

Manuel Pellegrini's job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City's faltering form.

City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year's Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go.

City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho's side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester.

But despite being all but out of the title race, Press Association Sport understands there is no current appetite to remove Pellegrini, who is contracted until the end of next season.

The Chilean's performance will be reviewed at the end of the season in line with club policy for all employees.

Pellegrini won the league in his first year at the Etihad Stadium, but his chances of retaining the trophy took a significant blow on Monday when City lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace.

After the defeat, the 61-year-old appeared determined to see out the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013.

''I'm not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned with," Pellegrini said.

''I never have fear about it, I do my work, I'm very happy. The team may be having a difficult season but never worry about me.

''We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.''

Gael Clichy accepts he and his team-mates should have done better at Selhurst Park, even though Palace's first goal - scored by Glenn Murray - should have been ruled out for an offside against Scott Dann.

"It (the criticism) was deserved," the City left-back told Sky Sports News.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Palace have been playing really well since they had a change of manager, but we also know a team like us, a club like us, with the objectives we have, have to win games like this so we are not hiding behind anything.

"We have heard that some decisions went against us but we don't want to hide behind these.

"The results are not there and we need to be better."

The Frenchman hopes to put a smile back on City supporters' faces this weekend by claiming victory at the home of their nearest and biggest rivals Manchester United.

"The timing is perfect (for a derby)," Clichy said.

"On Sunday we are playing against United, they are hitting top form this year and we lost that second position.

"So we have a lot to make up for to the fans and Sunday night the city will be all blue or red and hopefully we can make a great day for them because the fans have always been behind us."

City, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they will play a post-season friendly against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 27.

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