Under fire Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he fears the sack should his side miss out on a Champions League spot in the Premier League this season, according to The Daily Mail.
The Chilean’s side face West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday with their hopes of securing a top four spot very much in the balance, having lost four of their last five league games.
Pellegrini said, “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don’t win the title.
“(But) If we miss out (on the Champions League) then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing.
“If that happens, the analysis of the season will be different. Not to play in the Champions League is a disaster.”
With just six games to go, the prized Champions League spots are still up for grabs with a possible reprieve for slow starting Liverpool, should the Citizens falter in the final weeks.
It is entirely possible, should Manchester City qualify for the Champions League this season, for Pellegrini to keep his job and run out his contract at the club. This would then open it up for City bosses to chase Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, whose contract also runs out in 2016.
That said, defeats against the likes of Crystal Palace and Burnley have called the credentials of the former Malaga and Real Madrid man into question, with former star men Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure enduring dismal seasons along with disastrous new signings Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala.