Manuel Pellegrini has assured he would rather be sacked by Manchester City after giving them title, than keep his job for seasons without a trophy.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola’s recent confirmation that he will be joining an EPL side next season once again put the spotlight straight on the Etihad, leaving Pellegrini with no other choice but to accept his future looked more uncertain.
But while the Chilean manager has admitted nothing can save his job if Guardiola decides to join City, he made it clear, if he does leave in the summer, it will certainly be with a bang.
And Pellegrini said in an interview: “I don’t think my position in the future is linked to titles.
“For me, as a manager, it is important to win the title because it’s my job.
“My way of thinking is that if I have the option to renew here for five years or to win the title and be sacked, I’d prefer to win the title.”
City hierarchy however kept faith with Pellegrini last summer despite a trophy-less campaign, which strongly denies the suggestions that he was just waiting for the sacking.
And that tells the Chilean manager that he could bring success this season, and still left with looking for a new job.
He further said: “If you are the owner, you must have the option to replace the manager, if they win the title or if they don’t.”
Manchester City has always been favourites to give Pep Guardiola his first taste of management in English football; the Spanish tactician has previously worked with City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Beguiristain during his glorious spell at Barcelona.
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich is reported to be a huge admirer of Guardiola and is looking for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho despite appointing Guus Hiddink as interim manager at Stamford Bridge till the end of this campaign.
As for Manchester United, Louis van Gaal’s current future looks a bit secure but the Old Trafford board might possibly be lured to replace one former Bayern Munich manager with another.
However Bayern Munich was desperate to hold back Guardiola for atleast another season but all their hard work were destroyed when Pep publicly announced he will leave the Bavarians this summer and Bayern eventually confirmed Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.