Pel­le­grini’s job is safe...for now!

Wilmslow Express - - SPORT -

CITY’S flop-stars will carry the can for the club’s poor sea­son.

But Manuel Pel­le­grini’s job is safe for the rest of the cam­paign – un­less the cur­rent slump con­tin­ues.

City have held no meet­ings about the manager’s fu­ture fol­low­ing Sun­day’s derby sur­ren­der to United, and there are no dis­cus­sions sched­uled un­til the usual end-of-sea­son re­view – at which Pel­le­grini’s fu­ture is sure to be de­bated.

The fin­ger of blame from the club hi­er­ar­chy is be­ing pointed firmly at highly-paid stars like Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri, who have all failed to hit the re­quired stan­dards.

Those three, and other big names, will be part of a purge in the sum­mer – although the fact that many of the stars are con­tracted be­yond this sum­mer, and on big money, means their de­par­tures could be prob­lem­atic if any dig in their heels.

Pel­le­grini’s fu­ture has been the sub­ject of spec­u­la­tion for weeks, and that has in­ten­si­fied as City have slipped from joint top to fourth and crashed out of the FA Cup and Cham­pi­ons League.

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