Manuel Pellegrini signing a new two year contract at Manchester City was certainly a shock to many unexpecting football fans. The word coming from the Etihad in recent times was that a deal had been agreed with Pep Guardiola to bring him to Manchester after this season had climaxed however this now does not seem to be the case as the Chilean has signed a brand new 2 year deal. Does Manuel Pellegrini deserve a new deal?
It seems at times he is tactically naive frequently repeating blatant errors that are obvious to see in the mundane, for example playing 4-4-2 away in Europe constantly resulted in City being dominated in midfield ultimately condemning the side to defeat. The inability to comprehend how ineffective certain tactics would be when playing away at sides like Barcelona is an amateur move, but to continuously repeat these mistakes is criminal. During his Málaga days it seemed Champions League football was Pellegrini’s forte however during his 3 years at City it has just been repeated failure.
Pellegrini inherited an outstanding team from Roberto Mancini which he has failed to seriously improve as of yet, signings like Mangala, Fernando, Sagna, Caballero & Navas have failed to seriously impress whereas Negredo & Jovetić have already been transferred away. Fernandinho has quickly become a fan favourite with his consistent performances and hard-working mentality whereas the astute signing of Frank Lampard on loan must be considered a success. Mangala is only young meaning he must be given chance to improve and settle in; the Premier League is never an easy place to instantly fit in so Pellegrini’s signings will be judged over time, whether he still occupies the manager’s seat or not. Despite not acquiring solid success in the transfer department City has enjoyed a lot of domestic success under Pellegrini and a lot of this is due to his methods. Playing Agüero as a lone striker has proved advantageous as he collected the golden boot last time out, although the defence is frequently criticised Joe Hart picked up the Golden Glove for the highest amount of clean sheets. The acquisitions of Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling will certainly test his judgement although he was left with little choice as the home grown quota had to be filled and with the departure of James Milner it put Pellegrini in a tight spot. The back-room staff insist business in the transfer window is not yet completed as City close in on Kevin De Bruyne, he would make a phenomenal last addition to the squad which would add an extra formidable element to the attack.
Judging his personality Pellegrini contrasts highly to his predecessor Mancini; Pellegrini tends to remain calm avoiding confrontations with Mourinho enabling him to not become involved with mind games. This definitely adds a calming element to the dressing room ensuring the manager does not lose his head during the course of the season. On the other hand this can be interpreted as having little passion especially when contrasted with Mancini, it can be frustrating for football fans seeing your manager sat on the bench emotionless whilst their team is being beaten. This deviates to Mancini whom would be on the sidelines bellowing at his players; the fans can often thrive off this passion creating a more intense relationship between supporter and manager, sometimes it is just comforting for the manager to show how much they care about the result.
Judging from City’s opening game they look set for a promising season even if it was against a very mediocre West Bromwich Albion team. Yaya Toure looks like a rejuvenated talent and back to his previous best whilst frequent lacklustre outlets in Navas, Kolarov & Mangala had really solid games in their respective positions. Pellegrini’s tactical awareness in the upcoming campaign will be tested especially in Europe where they seem to struggle so often. Despite winning the domestic double in 13/14 the owners expect continuous success year in year out considering the huge investment that they have made into the club; it will incredibly interesting to see the actions of the owners if City end this season trophyless, however so far the fans have plausible reasons to be optimistic.