Chilean could be replaced by another South American if he fails to meet his targets.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has claimed he isn’t feeling the pressure despite his side’s recent poor form leading to speculation about his future.
City are in the midst of their worst league form for almost five seasons after failing to win in five outings and crashing out of the FA Cup to Championship competition.
The Premier League champions are also seven points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the League this season and Pellegrini’s position could come into question given City’s history of removing managers who fail to reach their lofty targets.
“I never feel pressure, I repeat the same answer for the same question for the last two years,” he said, reports Daily Star.
“The only pressure is my own pressure that I made for myself when I don’t feel the team is playing well.
“I think we are in a normal position, we are involved in the Champions League and if we win at Stoke we will have just one point less than last season.”
The Chilean’s position looks even more precarious due to the rumours that the City hierarchy have contacted current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone about a potential move to the Etihad if Pellegrini is ousted.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future. In football you never know. There are a lot of teams in different leagues who one month ago were the best team and now they are not,” he said.
However, Pellegrini could receive a welcome boost following the Ivory Coast’s success in the African Cup of Nations.
Both midfielder stalwart Yaya Toure and £28 million January signing Wilfried Bony are both on their way back to the Etihad after their month long absence during the tournament.