New Manchester City manager given a five-year trophy target
Manuel Pellegrini will be confirmed as the new Man City boss at the start of June, with the Chilean set to be given some tough targets when he replaces Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.
May 24th, 2013
The club’s owners felt that the team stood still under Mancini last season, with the Citizens ending the campaign potless after losing in the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic. There was also an underwhelming performance in the Champions League which saw City finish bottom of the group.
Pellegrini is set to finish up with Malaga before heading to England, with club chief executive Ferran Soriano spelling out exactly what is required when the new manager takes the helm.
“I think that next season is going to be much better. I am convinced about that,” Soriano said. “It doesn’t mean we are going to win one or two titles but in the grand scheme of things, if we look at the next five years and I could plan now, I would say I want to win five trophies in the next five years.
“That may mean we win no trophy one year and two in another but on average I want one title a year. That includes the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. Is it a realistic aim? I think it is, yes, but I am talking about five years.
“If next year we don’t win but progress our football and get to the semi-finals of the Champions League, finish second in the Premier League and lose the FA Cup final again that will be fine.
“What we are asking the new manager to do is build a squad but also a football concept and a way of working that will last for the next 10 years. The manager has a shorter span [than that]. We are asking the manager to win this season, next season and every Sunday.”