Manchester City’s football development executive and Premier League legend Patrick Vieira has jokingly ridiculed the League Manager Association’s decision to award Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers the prestigious title of Manager of the Year.
The former Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ captain, who won three Premier League titles with the Gunners between 1996 and 2005, manages the City reverse team and currently oversees a wide range of programmes at the newly crowned Premier League champions - including youth development and the club’s social responsibility programme ‘City in the Community’.
And, after watching Manchester City clinch the league title ahead of Liverpool, Vieira believed there should have only been one winner at the end-of-season manager awards.
On his Twitter feed, Vieira wrote: “Pellegrini misses out on manager of the year...did I count the number of trophies right? :)”
Pellegrini led the Citizens to Premier League and Carling Cup success in his first season in English football, successfully galvanising a squad of superstars that was said to have become fractured toward the end of predecessor Roberto Mancini’s reign.
City defeated Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley in February to secure the League Cup and completed a second Premier League success in three years with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, finishing two points ahead of Rodgers’ Liverpool, who finished the season trophyless.
However, Pellegrini has been recognised for his work this season, winning Premier League Manager of the Month awards for December 2013 and January 2014.
After claiming the Premier League title on Sunday, Pellegrini praised his players for overcoming a sluggish start to the season when sloppy performances away from home - City took just four points from the first six games on the road - threatened their title bid, and for their commitment to playing attacking football throughout the season. In their 38 Premier League games the champions scored 102 goals.
After enjoying an open top bus parade to celebrate their victory Pellegrini will now turn his attention to preparing for next season and believes City must build on this season’s success to become not just the dominant force in England but across European football.
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