Man City still shocked by Manciniís sacking, but back Pellegrini for rejuvenation
Samir Nasri has joined the chorus of players to show support for the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as the new manager of Manchester City. The former Real Madrid manager has become Manchester City’s top priority after Manuel Pellegrini revealed he was set to leave Malaga at the end of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini has recorded impressive form with Malaga in Spain and Europe last season. The Chilean boss has kept Malaga in contention for Champions League action and led the club to the Champions League quarterfinal stage.
After the unfortunate sacking of Roberto Mancini, a group of players and fans criticized Manchester City administration for not being patient enough. Roberto ended Manchester City’s 35-year long trophy drought with an FA Cup victory last season and a 44-year long wait to acquire the League title, which he won last year.
However, this season the Italian boss was unable to show promise of any silverware. Manchester City wasn’t able to cut Manchester Untied’s huge lead on top of the table, which led to them stealing the League title from under the nose of Roberto Mancini.
Moreover, Manchester City made a third round exit from the League Cup, were out of the Champions League in the group stages and faced a humiliating defeat to Wigan Athletic in their last bid to win silverware, which in the FA Cup final.
Samir Nasri, who arrived at Manchester City in 2011 from Arsenal, believes Manuel Pellegrini has the potential to put the Eastlands back on the right track.
“I think he is a great manager,” Samir Nasri told Sky Sports News. “He proved himself with Villarreal. At Real Madrid as well, even though he didn't win the title, they finished with 96 points. And at Malaga too.
“All his teams play attractive football and I think that's what people want to see. You pay for a ticket to go to football to see something great and he's the kind of manager who can do it.”
Meanwhile, many other Manchester City players are still shocked at the sacking of Roberto Mancini. Manchester City defender Gael Clichy, who also arrived from Arsenal, just recently told the Sun that he was surprised at Roberto Mancini’s exit, but admits his side have recorded disappointing results this season.
“We have to be honest and say we didn't perform well this year. We started the season sloppily and finished sloppily,” Gael Clichy said. “It's the first time a manager has been axed while I've been at a club, so it's a bit of a shock and if you look at his record it's hard to understand.
“But he's the manager and you have to take responsibility. When results are good it's all down to the manager. When the results are not so good, it's also down to him. We have to be aware he was probably at fault for this. The chairman made the decision, you have to respect it.”