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City Blogger: "In Pellegrini we trust"

  • 03 October 2013 10:34
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Mike Devlin - a born and bred Manc now residing in Germany is here with his second City Blogger piece on managers, then and now...

There is a great deal of respect in the game for Manuel Pellegrini, and we, the fans, trust that he can take us to the next level. 

At the moment results have been somewhat inconsistent with what we were expecting, but it isn’t the first time we’ve held out hope with our new manager …

Back in 2001, Kevin Keegan strolled into town and promised fast counter-attacking football, and we got it, too, as he took City straight back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. 

Now whilst his 0-2-8 team formation was very exciting, it tended to lend itself to several going in at the back as well. You certainly got your money’s worth with King Kev, that’s for sure. 

Eventually, though, he retired completely from football – that’ll explain why he ended up back at Newcastle United then.

When Maine Road was our home, visiting teams struggled with the massive width of the pitch, whilst the City players were used to it, regularly exposing the opposition playing a wide game. 

Peter Reid, our new player-manager showed he understood this completely by getting us to play long-balls down the middle. Splendid stuff.

Then there was Malcolm Allison, who, when coaching with the legend that was Joe Mercer, brought about City’s greatest ever era winning everything there was to win. 

Naturally when he came back we expected more of the same, and we got it; that’s if you consider ripping the heart and soul out of the dressing room and spending all the money we didn’t have, as being ‘great’. 

To be fair to Allison though, he did say he had initially agreed a fee with Wolverhampton Wanderers for Steve Daly, of three chocolate biscuits and a Curly-Wurly, that was until Peter Swales stuck his nose in.

Remember, Steve Coppell? Even if you were a City fan back then, it’s possible you could have blinked and missed him. With two wins, three losses and one draw, he is to-date, City’s seventh longest-serving manager.

When Frank Clark arrived at the club, we all hoped he would be out to get 3pts every game, but instead he thought everyone was out to get him; yes, I am looking at you, Fifth Column.

Howard Kendall had European experience, and later was even short-listed for the coveted England job. He had completely, and successfully, rebuilt Everton; perhaps he could do the same at City? 

Sadly, no, as we were merely a cheap one-night stand before he quickly ran back into the arms of his true love in the blue-half of Liverpool.

Roberto Mancini did manage what so many other managers had failed to do – actually win stuff. 

It wasn’t until he began questioning why his chosen strikers of the day had not scored seventeen goals instead of the six they had done, or that his wingers hadn’t broken the sound barrier (“David White could do it, so why can’t you?”), that questions began to be asked. 

This of course brings us full circle to The Engineer.

All that said though, I have a feeling that we’ll do just fine with Pellegrini regardless of the fact we’ve had a couple of strange results, but, as always we must get behind our manager (perhaps not in the case of John Benson), and give him our full support. 

There’ll be bad days at the office, there always is, but it’s on those days that our support should be the loudest.

In Pellegrini, we trust.

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