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Manuel Pellegrini must win silverware to keep Manchester City job

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On Friday, Manuel Pellegrini extended his stay at Manchester City until 2017 by putting pen to paper on a new deal.

Club chiefs have shown support for their manager after several reports linked a lurking Pep Guardiola with the hot-seat at the Etihad.

Even the boss himself, though, concedes that another year without silverware may prove the contract to be nothing short of a publicity stunt.

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"You know in this profession you need the results so it is very important for me to have a good season and good results," the Chilean was quoted as saying by the Guardian. "In football you never know how long are the contracts."

A damp squib of a title defence and continuously being outwitted in Europe means the pressure on Pellegrini's doorstep is by no means unwarranted.

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Mistakes have been made

On the whole, City's squad is arguably the most superior (or joint with Chelsea's) the Premier League has to offer.

But they've been made to look far too artless when faced with Europe's elite.

When Barcelona came to town, Pellegrini almost tried to double-bluff by playing with two strikers.

It certainly did not pay off. The midfield were left chasing shadows as the best passing side in the world openly dissected them.

And as far as the league was concerned last season, the Etihad resembled more of a bouncy castle than a fortress.

Pellegrini needs to win a trophy this season

Being at the wealthiest club in England, with masses of talent and riches at his disposal, Pellegrini has little excuses for last year's failure.

Yes, he won the title back in 2014, but Chelsea's 'little horse' and Steven Gerrard's infamous slip virtually handed it to them on a plate. They were the best of a fluttering bunch.

Pellegrini may well prove me wrong this season, in fact, his side looked the most convincing of all those labelled as "in the title race" on Monday night at the Hawthorns.

Though if reports are accurate, and Guardiola is waiting in the wings, and on a call from his mate Txiki Begiristain, the general feeling is that Pellegrini needs to deliver silverware if he is to enjoy this contract extension.

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