Man City chairman to appoint new manager “within two weeks”

Man City look set to announce their new manager “within the next two weeks”, with departing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini fully expected to be unveiled at the Etihad, reports BBC Sport.

Pellegrini, who earlier this year denied that he would take over from then-under pressure Roberto Mancini, now claims to have a verbal agreement in place to succeed the Italian at the deposed champions, and will join them once his Malaga commitments are complete.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “We are pretty much done. We are very close and I expect to make an appointment in the next two weeks.”

According to The Mirror, meanwhile, Al Mubarak has insisted that the new manager, whoever it may be, will be responsible for winning trophies from day one, and must prove a force and ideally win any tournaments in which the club participates.

A hefty challenge, then, for the 59-year-old Chilean. Al Mubarak continued: “It is a high ambition, but we have the organisation and the squad to get us there. Obviously, you would get the same answer from most people, but I am saying it with confidence. We have won the Premier League before, we know what it takes to win it and we will win it again. We have won the FA cup before and we can do that again.

“In Europe, we have not been as successful in the Champions League and there is no doubt we have a lot of improvement to make there. But with the squad, the organisation, the manager coming in and the new players we will sign, we will have a strong team to compete in the Champions League.

“This club is about winning championships. It is why Sheikh Mansour (owner) is here, it is why I am here and it is why the players are here. We want a successful club that will compete, year on year, in every competition that we play in. The new manager, from day one, has a responsibility to prepare the team to win every competition we play in.

“That is our level now and it is what we have to strive for.”

City finished second last season, 11 points behind rivals Man United, and also finished as runners-up in the FA Cup when they lost to Wigan in a shock result the day before Mancini’s departure.

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