Man City eye swoop for Europe’s best young manager with Manuel Pellegrini underperforming.
Manchester City are considering an approach for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as their own boss Manuel Pellegrini struggles to eke out performances from his side, according to the Daily Mail.
The Etihad Stadium side have had a few inexplicably poor performances this season, with Premier League losses to Stoke, West Ham and Arsenal, and draws with QPR, Burnley, and Hull.
Results like those understandably put Pellegrini under pressure, with the team having fallen behind Chelsea in the title race, and it’s fair to say that his signings haven’t been spectacular successes either – with the Chilean boss having spent a colossal sum of money in his time at the club.
Fernandinho, Martin Demichelis and Frank Lampard have certainly been impressive, but Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Jesus Navas, Eliaquim Mangala, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic have been underwhelming, and City’s bosses would certainly want a better hit/miss ratio.
Simeone, on the other hand, has earned deserved plaudits for disrupting the duopoly of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in Spain, leading Atleti to triumph in La Liga last season as well as the UEFA Champions League final.
Perhaps equally importantly, Simeone is renowned for getting the absolute maximum out of his team in every match, and their intense work rate was clearly on show in their 4-0 demolition of city rivals Real Madrid last weekend.
With Man City out of both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, Pellegrini’s future will likely depend on the club’s performance in the UEFA Champions League.