Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has revealed that the manager picked to replace Roberto Mancini – expected to be soon-to-be-former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini – will be set a target of winning five trophies over the next five years, including the Champions League, according to the
Mancini was sacked shortly after losing the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic, a defeat that confirmed City would not win a trophy this season – with the termination coming a year to the day after Mancini claimed City’s first league title in more than 40 years. But under the Italian City struggled to put together a defence of their crown, eventually handing the prize back to Manchester United by an 11-point margin.
City also struggled in the Champions League, exiting the competition at the group stage for the second successive season, this time without winning a match, while City were also a non-factor in the League Cup, won by mid-table Premier League side Swansea City.
Soriano does not expect Pellegrini to win a trophy in his first season – instead he added it would be acceptable to go through a trophy-free campaign as long as the other signs were positive. “It doesn’t mean we’re 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,” Soriano said.
“That may mean we win no trophies one year and two in another but, on average, I want one trophy or title a year. That’s the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. I think it’s a realistic aim, yes. But I’m talking about five years.
He continued: “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. That’s because we will have progressed in the way our football develops.”
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