Manuel Pellegrini moves a step closer to Manchester City job
The bookmakers have nearly stopped taking bets on the next Man City manager after news broke that Malaga are allowing Manuel Pellegrini to leave at the end of the season.
May 15th, 2013
Pellegrini has been warm favourite to replace Roberto Mancini since the weekend and the Italian’s sacking on Monday night saw the Chilean’s odds shorten further, with an agreement in principle already in place.
The 59-year-old has been in charge of Malaga since 2010, having previously managed Real Madrid along with spate of other clubs. It now appears he will arrive in England to drive Manchester City into the Champions League, with the club having twice failed in the group stages under Mancini.
Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez are the other names to be linked with the vacant managerial post at the Etihad Stadium, although Pellegrini appears to be first choice and achieved great things with Malaga during his time with the Spanish club.
They very nearly beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter finals, with the German side subsequently going on to beat Real Madrid and book their place in the final.
Pellegrini earlier this week denied there was an agreement in place to become the next manager of Manchester City although it appears a matter of time before he is installed in the hotseat at the Etihad Stadium.