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Manuel Pellegrini
Season 2015/16

ESPN: City are deadline day winners

  • 02 February 2016 07:15
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How the media sees the latest stage in the club's evolution

It is normally players rather than managers that make the headlines on transfer deadline day... not this time!

Manuel Pellegrini's announcement that he will leave City in the summer, and the Club's confirmation that Pep Guardiola will take over dominated the sports agenda.

A proverbial bolt from the Blues, you might say, on an otherwise quiet afternoon for the transfer-hungry breaking news tickers.

"Without making a signing, City had won deadline day," wrote ESPN’s City reporter Jonathan Smith. 

"Pellegrini is not keen to take centre stage, so it was typical of his time at the club that he chose to share his decision in such a stylish and measured manner. The timing, though, was incredible."

To the Manchester Evening News, and reporter Rob Pollard, who focuses on how well Pellegrini has done - and still can do - at City.

"In a sport often criticised for being bereft of maturity and dignity, Pellegrini has displayed plenty. The decision to appoint him has proven wonderfully astute.

This charming man banner Manuel Pellegrini

"He was dubbed 'This Charming Man' by the fans who respected his demeanour and handling of the press. He's evolved the team's style of play and encouraged open, attacking football at all times.

"He now has four months to become the most successful manager in the club's history before gracefully handing over the reins to the game's No. 1 manager, with his place in the pantheon of great City managers confirmed."

Former City player Trevor Sinclair, meanwhile, reckons there could be a double-edged benefit to the managerial announcements.

He described Guardiola as: "A top, top coach, one of the best in the world, scholar of the game, tactically very astute," on the BBC Sport website.

And with the rest of this campaign in mind, Tricky Trev added: "It might bring the players together even more and make the players want do really well for Manuel Pellegrini and make sure he signs off with at least a couple of titles."

That sentiment is echoed in the Daily Mail's report.

"He (Pellegrini) retains a healthy relationship with the club's board, is close with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, and the hope is that Monday's announcement will galvanise his squad to fight for silverware on all four fronts," journalist Jack Gaughan reflected. 

With that in mind, it is back to business in the Premier League tonight against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light - in all the excitement it's easy to forget that City will play an actual game of association football tonight!

Tonight's opponents are fighting to stay in the top flight, and feisty midfielder Lee Cattermole is promising that the Blues won't have it easy on Wearside.

Lee Cattermole Aleks Kolarov

“It’s going to be a difficult game," he tells the Chronicle, "but we’ve shown in the past we can match them, and that’s what we need to do." 

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