By Roy Owens
Manuel Pellegrini the 59 year old from Santiago has this month been appointed as chief coach to Manchester City on a three year contract. “El Ingeniero”, so called because of his qualification as a civil engineer, brings with him considerable experience as a manager having coached in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Spain. Notable success was achieved in Spain with clubs Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga. At Villarreal he took the club to second place in La Liga in 2007/2008 and reached the semi finals of the Champions League. Whilst at Madrid he achieved second spot in La Liga and at the time secured the most points in the history of the club. With his first season at Malaga he reached 4th place in La Liga and took the club into the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in its history.
He wants to bring to Manchester new ideas and a new playing style, which will be attractive, attacking and enjoyed by players and fans alike. He also said that his team will not score a goal and immediately go on the defensive waiting for a counter attack. As usual with incoming managers, he will bring his own backroom staff of three but will retain the services of Brian Kidd. He says that he works hard and gets the best out of his players.
Having come runners up in the Premier League last season and winning the FA Community Shield the then manager Roberto Mancini was sacked. This places a lot of pressure on Pellegrini to meet the challenges demanded by the club’s management.
He says that everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and the team will be looking to win all titles. A bold statement from the Chilean as he has achieved far less than Mancini, but he does appear to be confident in himself and his future plans of attractive football. He has a charming personality and refreshingly a good command of English, which will go down well with the media. Pellegrini says that City will be the “Entertainers”, let’s hope for the fan’s sake that they will also be winners.