Belfast Telegraph

Pellegrini aiming to please

Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed Manchester City manager with a clear instruction to win trophies and produce better football.

City have finally confirmed the arrival of the Chilean as replacement for the sacked Roberto Mancini. The 59-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium after leaving Spanish club Malaga.

Mancini paid the price for the club's regression after winning the Barclays Premier League in 2012 and the club see Pellegrini as the man to deliver improved style and substance. Pellegrini told City TV: "Everyone knows if you arrive at a club like Manchester City you need to win titles."

He continued: "I think Manchester City have invested a lot of money to improve the squad every year and try, every year, to win titles. They were not successful in winning some titles but I am sure we are going to win - maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We will try to win a lot.

"My first message is to tell all the supporters they will enjoy the season. I am sure they will enjoy the way our team will play. We will play an attractive, offensive play."

Pellegrini has more than 25 years' of managerial experience in South America and Spain and has taken Malaga and Villarreal to the latter stages of the Champions League. He spent a single season in charge of giants Real Madrid and is renowned for his man-management ability, an area the club had concerns about under Mancini.

Pellegrini said: "I think all my experience will help me at Manchester City. With Malaga I reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, with Villarreal also and the semi-final. All my experience will be very useful for me. I am sure we are going to have a very good season.

"I can tell all the fans of Manchester City I work very hard. I am very persistent in what I want to reach. I am sure, 100 per cent, I will not have any problems (coming to) the Premier League. I will adapt without any problems."

Pellegrini has a tough act to follow in Mancini, who despite failure to win silverware last season remained a fans' favourite. The Italian ended a 35-year trophy drought by overseeing FA Cup success in 2011 and he topped that by following up with dramatic Premier League success last year.

Pellegrini said: "I think Roberto did a great job here in Manchester. It is not easy to win the title after 44 years. But I think we start now a new cycle, a new style of club, adding to what Roberto has done over the years. I hope Manchester City will start another way of playing football."


From Belfast Telegraph