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Manuel Pellegrini should be crowned Manager of the Year

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In 1985, Manuel Pellegrini, a qualified civil engineer, marched into Algarrobo, a southern tourist resort in Chile, and demanded to aid the city's recuperation from a hugely detrimental earthquake, pleading to restore calm and delight at the coast's beautiful beach.

He has done so at Manchester City, largely thanks to his urbane nature. The common brawls between the City colleagues at their Carrington training ground under Roberto Mancini's acrimonious tenure have been forced into extinction by the Chilean's incredibly cool demeanour.

It was only one year ago, when Roberto Mancini unceremoniously acquiesced to the sack from City's Emirati owners, and City succumbed to Ben Watson's stoppage time header in the FA Cup final, that the City supporters implored crudely for Txiki Begiristain and co to "stick your Pellegrini up your arse".

Now, they have developed a propensity to sing his name jubilantly and hail the Chilean as "this charming man", per a banner hanging from the Colin Bell Stand at the Etihad Stadium.

As the Premier League's dignitaries and the English top-flight's most powerful figure Richard Scudamore presented captain Vincent Kompany with the league trophy, the team bond was almost palpable. Joe Hart embraced Aleksander Kolarov, Samir Nasri embraced the outstanding Yaya Toure.

They deserved this, beating Liverpool to the title with a brilliant blend of exhilarating attacking football transferred to the Etihad by Pellegrini and defensive solidity. The Chilean failed in escaping the champagne hurricane inflicted on him by Nasri first and then Kolarov.

He told Sky Sports that his soaked suit, suddenly stripped of his elegance, was of little importance, and rightly so. He had every reason to celebrate his first league title and Europe and establishing himself as a trail-blazer, the first non-European manager to emerge victorious in the Premier League.

He merits acclaim for his continued faith in Martin Demichelis, who has settled at City after a start marred by adversity and relentless criticism. The Argentine has established a coherent partnership with Kompany, and at the final whistle, following a mass pitch invasion, the former Bayern centre-half was mobbed by jubilant City supporters. They have grown to admire him.

Pellegrini's nurturing of Hart's confidence after the England goalkeeper's costly stoppage time error at Stamford Bridge should be included in Pro Licence courses. Instead of publicly lecturing the 27 year-old, he encouraged him at Carrington and developed England's number one into an extensively more accomplished keeper.

Roy Hodgson must harbour appreciation for the Chilean's masterstroke, the England manager blessed with the luxury of competing at a World Cup with one of the world's finest in his ranks.

His man-management of Edin Dzeko was equally adroit. The Bosnian striker had become isolated under Mancini's hostile stewardship, and upon his arrival from Malaga, the Chilean's first move was to call Dzeko and assure the former Wolfsburg striker, acquired by City for £27m in 2011, of his inclusion in the 60 year-old's visionary plans. The 28 year-old has repaid his manager's unstinting faith in him, retaining his to score crucial goals.

Nasri, disillusioned during Mancini's acrimonious tenure, has been reinvigorated by Pellegrini's adept coaching skills, the Frenchman concluding a personally gratifying season with a 20-yard gem.

He has been pivotal to City's employment of entertaining football this term, combining delightfully with his City colleagues. He described Pellegrini's impact on the club as "amazing" post-match, his respect for the Chilean obvious.

Pellegrini's incredibly composed demeanour has contributed richly to his success in his first season in England. At the interval against Aston Villa, with the Etihad's anxiety almost palpable, Pellegrini preached patience to his side, imploring his gifted squad to continue probing, ultimately resulting in a 4-0 victory.

The other trophy in City's cabinet, the Capital One Cup, was secured thanks largely to Pellegrini's inexorable composure. As his side trailed to Fabio Borini's opener, his words of wisdom in the Wembley dressing room enticed a 3-1 final win.

He, as he did after the Algarrobo earthquake, has saved City from ignominy under Mancini.

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