The Roberto Mancini era at Manchester City is over - and it seems the Italian wasn't favoured by players and staff alike.

That said, fans have spoken out about their frustration and anger over the sacking of their beloved manager, who handed them their first league title in 44 years.

However, as frustrating as it might be, you need to remember the Mancini era has come to an abrupt end and the future and potential success of the club now rides on the new manager. The man tipped to do this is Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini. 
Nicknamed 'The Engineer' thanks to his studies on the subject, the Chilean has a cupboard that is lacking silverware but looking beyond that, there is so much more that reflects how this man could be the next big thing to hit Manchester. 

Starting his managerial career with a list of clubs in his native South America, his first big break came when he took the helm at Spanish outfit Villarreal. 

Given a budget David Moyes would be proud of and boasting am array of young talent that hadn't yet shown their true worth, such as Santi Cazorla and Pepe Reina, he glued together a team capable of high-tempo, attractive passing that found Villareal finishing third in his first season in charge - an all-time best.

If that wasn't overachieving, he then went on to reach the semi-final of the Champions League the season after. A team considered a mid-table outfit soon flourished under the Chilean's guidance and skill, seeing them to a second finish in 2008 as well as a Champions League quarter-final in 2009. 

Pellegrini, considered a loyal man by most, couldn't turn down an opportunity from Spanish giants Real Madrid and in 2009 he was handed his big break - the managerial post. However straight from the off the club's owners sold two of Madrid's key stars that Pellegrini wanted to keep - Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder - and brought in players who he didn't want nor need - Karim Benzema, a signing from Lyon, and Kaka, who cost a massive £56m from AC Milan. Xabi Alonso (£30m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) also joined from Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. 

In his only season at the giant's he finished with a record high 96 points, however Pep Guardiola's Barcelona were playing at their best and beat Madrid to the top spot. 
A point total that any other season would have seen Pellegrini's lads crowned champions turned out to be not good enough and Jose Mourinho came in at the end of the season ending the Chileans time in charge.

In July 2010, Malaga - a club recently taken over by a multi-millionaire from Qatar, opted Pellegrini to take charge unleashing to him a fortune to invest in high-quality players with the hopes of making a European super-power. 

In 2011, Malaga outspent every team in La Liga, even the Spanish giant duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid - by spending around £50 million on Isco, Nacho Monreal, Martin Demichelis, Jeremy Toulalan, Joquin, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cazorla.


Pellegrini returned the wealth, creating a formidable force that saw the Chilean once again turn a mediocre La Liga outfit into a winning side - giving them a fourth finish in his first season and securing Champions League football for the first time in their history. 

Things took an unfortunate turn as the Qatar millionaire withdrew his funding, using La Liga's revenues by Barcelona and Real Madrid holding too much power. 
Thanks to this, Malaga were shoved straight into the red with debts closing around the £84m mark. Rondon, Mathijsen and Cazorla were all sold to generate funds but this still left a large portion of the squad going on without payment.

Pellegrini stayed loyal to Malaga despite the financial crisis, keeping a calm authority over his squad and somehow pushing them into the Champions League quarter-finals, only to lose 3-2 to German outfit Borussia Dortmund. 
With a UEFA ban from Europe next season, owing to their outstanding debts, who can blame Pellegrini for seeking pastures new?

He is a calm, cautious manager who can bring the maximum out of players at the club and utilise them to their full potential. He keeps a cool head and is never reckless nor frantic. 
A player favourite, he has never had a word said against him - unlike Mancini who has had  bust-ups with the likes of Milner, Balotelli and Kompany just to name a few.

Whilst Manchester City looked sometimes confused and disjointed as a whole under Mancini, Pellegrini keeps an organisation in his squad, keeping them coherent and compact. 

Mancini started the building blocks and the squad he has assembled is one of the strongest in Europe, so the Chilean hasn't much to do in terms of assembling - but there is one thing for sure, he is a man who can take Manchester City to the very top of both domestic and European football. 

 

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