Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has, for the first time, admitted that he may be sacked for finishing outside the top four places in the Premier League this season.
The Citizens face West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday with their Champions League qualification prospects looking questionable at best, following a run of results which put an end to a possible title challenge.
The reigning Premier League champions have lost four out of their last five games and, quoted in The Daily Mail, Pellegrini said, “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don’t win the title.
“(But) If we miss out (on the Champions League) then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing.
“If that happens, the analysis of the season will be different. Not to play in the Champions League is a disaster.”
There are six matches left to play in their Premier League season and Manchester City are looking to keep their options open. While Pellegrini’s job security is definitely zero, the board appear not to have made up their mind as to his future.
It is entirely possible that they could keep the Chilean until his contract runs out, in 2016, and move for Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires at the same time.
The same paper also revealed that when Pellegrini was appointed with the Citizens, the board also spoke to flamboyant former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, but decided against him.