MANUEL PELLEGRINI has been warned that Manchester City will not tolerate another trophy-less season.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini warned that another trophy-less season will not be tolerated
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and chief executive Ferran Soriano both piled the pressure on Pellegrini by declaring that silverware is expected every season by the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour.
Despite posting a profit for the first time since the Sheikh bought the club in 2008, City’s heirarchy made it clear that is not enough to keep the Abu Dhabi billionaire happy.
In his annual report Khaldoon said: “The desire for silverware has always been a critical element of Sheikh Mansour’s strategy for the reinvigoration of Manchester City both on and off the pitch. It’s a strategy predicated on long-term sustainability and the ongoing development of momentum year-after-year.
“The fact that we consider last season to be below par for Manchester City is a testament to how far we have come in the last seven years. This is a level of ambition that we should not shirk or shy away from.
“No team can expect to win every year, but competing to win in England’s domestic competitions and improving our performance in the UEFA Champions League are entirely reasonable goals for Manchester City.”
City finished runners-up in the Premier League to Chelsea last season, made shock early exits from both domestic cups and were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 round.
Manager Pellegrini, tipped for the sack, instead was given a £160m summer transfer budget and a contract extension but Soriano made it clear he must deliver this season with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola – who is out of contract at Bayern Munich next summer – continuing to be linked with City.