Strangely, the Chilean manager was photographed visiting Cobh on Sunday, with fans of the club sharing his photo on Twitter and prompting speculation that the manager would be signing for the Irish side when he leaves the Etihad Stadium.
— Brian Wilkinson (@Shankslives4fr) March 27, 2016
However, with the story beginning to get traction on social media, the club were forced to deny the speculation—as per Goal—and took to social media to deny any emerging claims that he would be joining the club.
Despite Manuel Pellegrini being spotted in Cobh today, we can confirm that he is not set to join the club https://t.co/AcKoyNdcAV
— Cobh Ramblers FC (@CobhRamblersFC) March 27, 2016
“Despite Manuel Pellegrini being spotted in Cobh today,” the club wrote on their @CobhRamblersFC account, “we can confirm that he is not set to join the club.”
Former Real Madrid coach Pellegrini won the Premier League with the Sky Blues in 2014, and has also won two League Cups with the Citizens, in 2014 and earlier this year, when they defeated Liverpool on penalties at Wembley.
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However, the manager will leave his position at the end of the season, with the club confirming on transfer deadline day that current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola will be moving to Manchester in the summer.