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Manuel Pellegrini Man City future: UK papers divided on likelihood of sacking

The Wednesday newspapers in the UK all take a different perspective on what the future holds for under-fire Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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According to the Daily Express, he will be safe until the end of the season regardless of the outcome of the Manchester derby at the weekend. They claim no decision will be made on his future until the club’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak visits the Etihad Stadium next month after the end of the season, and even then he could be allowed to stay if number one target Pep Guardiola cannot be convinced to leave Bayern Munich a year earlier than planned.

The Guardian take a different approach, saying that he is still safe after the Palace loss, but he could be sacked before the end of the season depending on results. They go on to say that the Manchester derby will have huge affect on the decision, with the clubs owners worried after a run of just four wins in fourteen outings.

The Telegraph also say his future is uncertain, but don’t commit to a time frame. They do say that the Chilean isn’t worried about his future, and quote him as saying “I’m never concerned about my job. That’s the only thing I’m never concerned about. I do my work and am very happy. You maybe have a difficult season, but you never worry about things like this.”

Finally, the Independent say he is a dead man walking and will definitely be sacked at the end of the season regardless of results between now and mid-May. They say the ownership and the board of directors have lost confidence in his abilities, and are already in discussions with ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

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