Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that he hopes to lead a dramatic overhaul in Manchester City’s playing style and approach to youth development, but will he be given the time by the clubs exacting board?
The 59-year-old Chilean has a desire to change the way the Citizens approach youth recruitment stating that the club "need a mix with young players, who work exactly the same as the first team, and as the under 21's".
It's clear Pellegrini wants to change the way Manchester City is viewed by the greater football community and create a club ethos that nurtures young talent, and it is undeniable the club match his ambition with a new £100 million training facility expected to be completed by the start of the 2014/15 season.
However, the problem for Pellegrini is that youth development takes time and that is the one thing he may not get.
City chief executive Feren Soriano has publicly declared that he expects five trophies in five years under the new manager and this may create a stumbling block in the delivery of Pellegrini's vision.
We have already witnessed the City board’s eagerness to swing the managerial axe after Roberto Mancini failed to deliver the league title and lost out to a plucky Wigan side in the FA Cup final. Surely then Pellegrini will experience the same fate should he fail to deliver silverware.
As well as the demands of the City board Pellegrini will also have to deal with replacing Roberto Mancini, a manager who is idolised by the fans who will surely show no sympathy for the man known as the Engineer should results go against him.
All-in-all this adds up to a volatile cocktail for the Chilean, who may find his time at the Etihad is cut short before he has the chance to realise his ambition of creating a self sustaining, academy driven Manchester City side.
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