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Manchester City Balls: What The Experts Said About Pelligrini, The Foreign Alan Pardew

by | 12th, May 2014

MANUEL Pelligrini might looks like an accountant apprising a new Jaguar car, but it turns out that he’s a pretty good football manager. His Manchester City have won the Premier League title and League Cup in his first season in charge. So. Time to see what the media experts said of the Chilean:

Martin Samuel (Daily Mail)

Manuel Pellegrini is going to be the new manager of Manchester City. And right there is the reason why Manchester United’s appointment of David Moyes was so important for English football.

A coach who has won nothing in Europe, not even in the season when he spent £200million on four players at Real Madrid, will now occupy one of the prime jobs in the Premier League.

So. Who did Samuel says City should have opted for? No, not his mate Harry Redknapp.

Pellegrini enters the English game as Roberto Mancini did, at the top. He served his apprenticeship at clubs in South America, beyond our gaze, so all we have is received information. British managers play every match in the public eye. We know every mistake, each little failure. We know that Alan Pardew struggled at Charlton Athletic and his success at Newcastle United was not maintained. So it counts against him.

Alan Pardew.

Pellegrini… moved to Malaga, who finished fourth backed by the wealth of Sheik Abdullah Al Thani and another significant spending spree of more than £50m. Is this so much greater than Pardew taking Newcastle to fifth in the Premier League in a year when many had them down for relegation?

Any City fans wants to swap?

Adrian Durha (talkSPORT):



Dave Kidd (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City face a struggle to catch Chelsea in title race because Manuel Pellegrini is nothing Special

Pretty soon, the Blue Moonies at the Etihad will be asking: Why Manuel Pellegrini when City could have had the Special One?

That’s chippy Jose Mourinho, by the way. Kidd says the One’s skill enabled him make the best trasnfers:

Chelsea bought back Nemanja Matic from Benfica, for £20million more than they’d originally got in selling him, with Mourinho recognising a quality defensive midfielder – and not a striker – as his missing link.

Or as Jose said in May:

“We don’t have the kind of striker able to, in a short space, to make an action, to score a goal, to open the gate.”


Chris Wheeler (Daily Mail):

There is a similarity between Pellegrini’s season at the Bernabeu and his first at City. An avalanche of goals, football to please the eye but, ultimately, little to show for it.

Such are the facts…

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