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Kamara: Pellegrini isn’t under any pressure at Man City

| 13.02.2015

Their current issues may be a far cry from the late nineties hell they had to endure. But the fact remains there are still many question marks surrounding Manchester City’s short-term future.

Prior to their midweek 4-1 win over Stoke, the Sky Blues were on their worst winless run for over six years following a sequence where the Eastlands club drew three and lost two of their previous five games.

Such form had started to prompt speculation over manager Manuel Pellegrini’s future, a theme that’s run throughout the course of the season so far.

However, Ladbrokes ambassador Chris Kamara insists that the Chilean boss is right to maintain that he isn’t feeling the pinch.

Kammy told Ladbrokes News: “He shouldn’t be under any pressure. As Sir Alex Ferguson used to say, it’s always harder to retain the Premier League title than win it in the first place. Everyone wants to beat you.”

Rumours have circulated that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has emerged as a prime candidate to take the managerial hot-seat at City should the current incumbent be made redundant.

The champions trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by seven points and face a tough ask to win a maiden Champions League title with Barcelona their last-16 opponents.

But as Kammy is quick to point out City still have plenty of hope to cling on to.

“Man City’s season isn’t over yet. Chelsea have shown they’re vulnerable. Look at their defeat to Bradford in the FA Cup. And even against Everton recently they had to wait until the final minute to secure victory.

“Pellegrini knows there are still a few twists and turns in the title race.

“I don’t see the owners looking to destabilise the club by putting Pellegrini under any pressure.”

Following their own FA Cup exit the Citizens have a few days off to prepare for the visit of the aforementioned Catalan giants.

The hosts are 11/5 to secure a first-leg victory while the draw is 5/2 and a Barcelona win is priced at 23/20 with Ladbrokes. 

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.