Man City to make former Pellegrini approach

Manchester City will make a formal approach to Malaga over manager Manuel Pellegrini replacing the sacked Roberto Mancini, reports the Daily Mail.

After much unconfirmed speculation linking the Chilean with a move to the Etihad Stadium, City have chosen him as their new manager ahead of an unnamed top European coach who was also in the frame, the Mail understands. And Pellegrini has made a verbal agreement with City once they exercise a £3.3m release clause.

Mancini’s tenure was officially ended on Monday evening, with chief executive Ferran Soriano believed to have contacted the Italian to inform him of his dismissal. The decision brings the curtain down on the rein of a manager who brought the club its first league title in 44 years last season, exactly one year to the day before his dismissal. He also won the FA Cup in 2011 as well as the Community Shield.

However a disappointing season without major honours, which has seen City relinquish their title and suffer another early Champions League exit, has cost Mancini his job. A club statement made clear the reasons behind Mancini’s exit.

It read: “Despite everyone’s best efforts, the club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s Champions League. This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of the football club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager.

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