Diego Simeone the target for Man City should they sack Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini is under huge pressure currently with his side on a poor run of form, and should Manchester City bosses decide to sack the Chilean they have identified Diego Simeone as the man they want to replace him, the Daily Star is reporting.

The newspaper claimed earlier in the week that while current boss Pellegrini has the full backing of those upstairs, his job will be reviewed at the end of the season.

City are currently on a run that has seen them win just one game from six in all competitions – seeing them knocked out the league cup, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea and their Champions League hopes are also hanging by a thread.

Fans would dread to think where they would be if Sergio Aguero’s form and goals had been missing, and the pressure has been firmly ramped up on the manager.

Simeone led Atletico Madrid to a stunning La Liga title last season when no one fancied their chances and they came within minutes of claiming the Champions League crown too.

They have started impressively again this season and the Argentinian has transformed himself into one of the most sort after bosses in the European game.

It was long thought that Pep Guardiola would be the man the club wanted as their next manager but he is on a bumper contract with Bayern Munich that even City would be unwilling to pay out – and Simeone is the target identified to next take the hotseat.

Pellegrini won the League and league cup double last season in his first campaign in charge but he is now effectively on trial for the rest of the season to try and keep his job.

Bosses Sheikh Mansour and Al-Mubarak have shown they are willing to be ruthless with the club after they axed previous manager Roberto Mancini for his failure to defend their title and finishing rock bottom of their Champions League group.

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