Manuel re­grets speak­ing out

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT -

DE­PART­ING Manch­ester City man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini ad­mits he has re­grets over his de­ci­sion to an­nounce mid­sea­son he was leav­ing.

Pel­le­grini went pub­lic with the rev­e­la­tion he was to leave just min­utes be­fore City of­fi­cially con­firmed a new man would take over in the sum­mer but he ac­cepts it had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on his play­ers. At the time City were three points be­hind Le­ices­ter, but they im­me­di­ately lost three matches in a row in all com­pe­ti­tions and even­tu­ally fin­ished fourth, 15 adrift of the cham­pi­ons.

“Af­ter Guardi­ola said he was com­ing to Eng­land it was my de­ci­sion be­cause all the me­dia was talk­ing about Guardi­ola here, Guardi­ola in Ar­se­nal, Guardi­ola in Manch­ester United,” he said. “It was not fair for all man­agers when every­one knew he was com­ing here.

“If I ask if I would do that again... I have some doubts.

“The most dif­fi­cult thing in a group is when you break some­thing. Some­thing was bro­ken in that mo­ment.”

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