Manuel Pellegrini forced to give awkward leaving speech to half-empty Etihad

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Manuel Pellegrini is not having the sendoff he would have hoped for at Manchester City.

After being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in midweek, whether City will even be playing in the competition next season is now out of their hands, as bitter rivals Manchester United look to overtake them.

Fans disgruntled 

And to top it all off, Pellegrini was forced to give a humiliating speech to a half-empty Etihad stadium.


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Pellegrini's farewell speech and a players' lap of honour followed the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, a game which twice saw the home side surrender the lead.

But it seems the majority of City's disgruntled fans had no time for paying tribute to their outgoing boss, nor for waving off their apparently under-achieving first team.

Pellegrini disrespected 

The 62-year-old has remained remarkably dignified since being given the boot in favour of Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola, but his leaving do was far from noble.

He told an array of sky-blue seats: "It's been three wonderful years - unforgettable. Thank you to the fans. I'll never forget you."

Supporters who had stayed applauded and cheered the Chilean, waving their usual 'This Charming Man' banner, but many fans slammed those who had left for disrespecting the one-time Premier League winner.

Disappointing finale 

Pellegrini can hardly be blamed for the club's downturn in fortunes, which has coincided almost exactly with the announcement that they would not be retaining him next season.

In fact, since the Guardiola revelations, City have won just six out of their fourteen games in the Premier League. That has included home defeats to Leicester and Spurs, both of whom went on to challenge for the title at their expense.

The season has not been a total disaster - the Citizens have a Capital One Cup and a first ever Champions League semi-final to show for it - but it could have offered so much more.

The decision to sack Pellegrini was horrifically ill-timed, and it is a huge shame that his esteem among some supporters looks to have suffered as a result.

Should City fans have shown Pellegrini more respect? Have your say in the comments. 

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