Archive | April 19, 2015

Pellegrini says fifth place could mean sack….

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he could be sacked if his team fail to finish in the top four. Pellegrini led City to the Premier League title last term but they have slipped to fourth after defeats by Crystal Palace and Manchester United. “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don’t win the title,” the Chilean, 61, said. “If we miss the top four then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing.” City were level with Chelsea at the top of the table after the New Year’s Day fixtures but have lost five league matches since. Going into Sunday’s home match against West Ham (kick-off 13:30 BST) they were only four points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool and four points behind rivals Manchester United in third. Asked about finishing outside the coveted top four, Pellegrini said: “If that happens, the analysis of the season will be different. Not to play in the Champions League is a disaster.” Pellegrini said on Friday clubs should not see sacking the manager as a cure for their problems. “It’s very easy to sack the manager, but that’s not the correct diagnostic,” he said. His position came under even greater scrutiny when highly rated Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp announced this week he would be leaving the German club at the end of the season.

Tuchel to replace Klopp at Dortmund….

Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp

Thomas Tuchel will replace the departing Jurgen Klopp as Borussia Dortmund head coach from 1 July. Klopp, 47, announced on Wednesday he was leaving Dortmund at the end of the season as he felt he was no longer the right man to take them forward. Former Mainz coach Tuchel has signed a three-year contract with the eight-times German champions. Tuchel, 41, stood down from his post at Mainz last year after leading them to their highest Bundesliga finish. He is regarded as one of Germany’s top coaches and was linked with the Hamburg job before Bruno Labbadia was appointed. Tuchel set a new club record at Mainz by winning their first seven league matches of the 2010-11 season. Klopp has frequently been linked with Premier League clubs, including Manchester United before the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Arsenal and more recently Manchester City.