Pellegrini content with opening six months at City helm

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his first six months in the job - but knows things must still improve.

City head into the second half of the 2013-14 season well placed, a point off the top of the Barclays Premier League and still involved in the Champions League and Capital One Cup.

Pellegrini also appears to have fulfilled the stated requirement of the club’s hierarchy to improve the team’s style of football, with 82 goals scored across all competitions.

Yet the Chilean was also set the challenging task of winning five trophies in the next five seasons when he was appointed in the summer, and he knows further improvement is expected.

Pellegrini, lured from Malaga after the sacking of Roberto Mancini, said: “It is unbelievable how fast the time goes.

“Six months here is a lot of time, but it was very short for me. Playing every few days the time runs, but after six months I am very happy and very settled here in England.

“It is a good club. Working with the team, I always think the first months are the most difficult for a manager, or the players starting a new job.

“To be in the position that we are now already, I think it is a very good start for the season. But the important thing is to continue learning, always, not just this year but every year and not always in the Premier League, everything.”




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