Pellegrini undaunted by new challenge ahead
New Manchester City manager has full faith in his knowledge and experience
Manchester City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini has been in charge of 11 teams in three different countries during his career
Manuel Pellegrini is calm about the challenge of managing Manchester City, with the Chilean pointing to his experience in leading Real Madrid and River Plate previously in his career.
Pellegrini replaced the sacked Roberto Mancini in the close season, having been a manager for 25 years during which he has been in charge of 11 clubs in three countries across South America and Europe.
Asked if taking over City was the greatest challenge yet, Pellegrini said: “It is not fair to compare with another. I have worked in a lot of different leagues, very difficult leagues. To manage River Plate in Argentina is not easy. To manage Real Madrid in Spain is not easy. I am very excited about my new job but I don’t want to compare. They are all very good leagues and I try to always give my best.”
In his sole season at Real he finished second in 2010 with a record points tally of 96 before being replaced by Jose Mourinho, while Pellegrini previously claimed the Argentinian championship in his single campaign at River seven years earlier.
David Moyes and Mourinho became the respective managers of Manchester United and Chelsea this summer. As the former had 11 years at Everton and the latter won consecutive titles during a first spell at Chelsea, is Pellegrini at a disadvantage to his two main rivals given he has no Premier League experience? “No, I don’t think it can be a problem for me. I have a lot of experience in different countries and know a lot of things about the Premier League, so I don’t think I give it any easier to other managers,” he said.
Pellegrini will feel no nerves as he takes charge of his opening league game, tonight’s visit of Newcastle United. “No, absolutely no. I have a very good squad so I am not nervous,” he said. “There is excitement. Nothing different as every year I start seasons in different countries. I am always watching different matches so of all the Premier League teams I have the information I need here.”
Pellegrini retains a firm faith in Joe Hart after his mistake in England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland at Wembley last week that allowed James Morrison to score the opener. This followed Hart’s uneven campaign last year.
“I hope Joe will have the performance we all know he has had in his whole career,” said the 59-year-old. “We will see every match what will happen with him but I have a lot of trust in him. I don’t worry about him.”