It’s a Klopp out: Man City’s Pellegrini says sacking the easy way out

Manuel Pellegrini has claimed sacking a manager is the easy solution ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League match against West Ham United on Sunday.

The City manager has come under scrutiny after their poor form has seen their title defence almost certainly fall short, with league leaders Chelsea 12 points ahead.

And after Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp announced he would be leaving the German club on Wednesday, Pellegrini answered the inevitable questions about his own future.

“When you manage an important club if you don’t have the results the club deserves everybody talks about changing the manager,” he told reporters.

“It doesn’t just happen here. That’s here, in Spain, in every part of the world.

“So you must be used to that [as a manager]. Nobody is happy with the results. You can’t be happy when you’re out of the fight for the title.

“But it is very easy to say that the solution is to sack the manager.”

City entertain the Hammers at The Etihad having lost five times in the league in 2015, one more than the whole of 2015, most recently losing 4-2 to rivals Manchester United.

Matters were made worse when Pellegrini announced that Kompany may miss the rest of the season due to the thigh injury he sustained during that loss at Old Trafford last weekend.

Stevan Jovetic, Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy and James Milner are all unfit to play, with City looking to avoid losing twice to West Ham this season after their 2-1 defeat back in October.

However, City have a good record over their opposition, having won their last six home games against them in all competitions.

And Pellegrini insists he is not feeling the pressure despite slipping to fourth in recent weeks, behind United and high-flying Arsenal.



“It is the worst period of results since I arrived and 2015 has been a very bad year,” he added.

“I have a different thinking to you of what pressure is – that’s to win every game and play the way I like.

“Last year more there was pressure, I arrived in the Premier League and fought for the title.”

Main image courtesy of Action Images/Alex Morton, with thanks.

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