Manchester City executives are hoping to appoint Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini as manager in the coming weeks, with Wigan's Roberto Martinez his assistant, according to

Pellegrini, the 59-year-old former Real Madrid boss, is widely expected to succeed Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium this summer - but the appointment of Martinez as his right-hand man would be an unexpected and extravagant move.

The Spaniard, who led Wigan to their first ever trophy by beating City in last week's FA Cup final, had been tipped to join Everton after the Latics were relegated to the Championship on Tuesday. Yet City are trying to prize Martinez away from David Moyes' vacancy and are great admirers of his football philosophy and man management.

The incoming Manchester United boss hinted yesterday that Everton are now seeking an internal replacement, while Martinez is said to favour a role at Manchester City. 

The 39-year-old is due to meet Wigan chairman Dave Whelan on Monday to discuss his future, saying on Sky Sports News that "there will be one day I can't be manager."

The Blues' ambitious recruitment for the assistant manager job is less surprising, given that they approached Brendan Rodgers to work under Mancini before appointing David Platt. 

18 months later, the opening has reoccurred after Platt resigned from his post following the unceremonious sacking of his long-term collaborator Mancini.

Meanwhile, the Italian bought a page in Friday's Manchester Evening News to thank City supporters for their continued backing following three years at the club. 

His three trophy successes will be fondly remembered by the fans, most notably last season's 93rd minute goal against QPR to secure their first league title for 44 years.

As well as Mancini and Platt, City have announced that coaches Ivan Carminati, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara, Angelo Gregucci and Attilio Lombardo have all left the club. 

Hence, with Pellegrini neither confirming nor denying claims that he will move to the multimillionaires, City are paying the price for a trophyless season.

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