The Main Man-uel
- 15 June 2013 08:38
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Most of the headlines around this morning centre on City’s appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as new manager.
Spanish football expert Ben Hayward of Goal.com reckons that the Chilean can bring Champions League success to City and gives a flavour of what supporters can expect.
“He has shown at Villarreal, Madrid and Malaga that he is comfortable using a number of formations and, wherever he has been, he has made the team better than before,” Hayward said.
“In the two games against Dortmund recently, his defensive organisation frustrated the German side and had it not been for the Andalusians' late capitulation, it would have been Malaga in the semi-finals up against Madrid and not BVB.
“Indeed, Pellegrini's pedigree in Europe is one of the things City will have been attracted to, especially following their two disappointing Champions League campaigns under Mancini, while the Chilean's man-management skills will help bring the best out of a side which seems primed for greatness.
“At Madrid, the players backed him until the end; at Malaga they love him. At City, they will too.”
...Ben Hayward on Manuel Pellegrini...
The ever-excellent City blogger Simon Curtis has also penned a welcome letter to the new boss over on ESPN entitled, "For What We Are About to Receive".
In the tongue-in-cheek letter, Curtis lets Pellegrini know what’s he in for from the supporters.
He writes: “So to the nitty gritty. What to expect of us all, the great swathe of blue-clad assistant managers that you will become aware of within about fifteen seconds of your first match in charge.
“We will help you with shouts of "get rid" and "man on" and our tactical knowledge at free-kicks and corners is almost unparalleled.”
Read the whole thing here.
Elsewhere, the transfer rumours do not stop for managerial appointments – oh no!
“The 26-year-old can play at left-back or centre-back and has been on City's radar for the past year,” writes Simon Jones in the Daily Mail. “He is valued at around £15million by the Italians and City would look to offer around £12m.
“Galatasaray are interested in Lescott who would cost around £10million while his wages of around £85,000 a week mean few English clubs can afford him.
“Inter Milan remain keen on Kolarov. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring in Pepe from Real Madrid but president Florentino Perez is reluctant to sell right now.”
As ever, remember it’s only confirmed if you read it here first on the official website.