On this day in 2013, Manchester City made the contentious decision to appoint Manuel Pellegrini to replace the popular Roberto Mancini.
The mixed feelings surrounding Pellegrini’s appointment were soon forgotten as he had a memorable first season in charge, breaking goal scoring records, winning a domestic double including the Premier League, and making some progress in the Champions League.
After season one, his reign is much more debatable. For some, City have been under a slow, painful decline under Pellegrini since part-way through his second season, with a failure to even seriously challenge for the Premier League title in his second and third campaigns. Others will argue he got City further in Europe, with an appearance in the Champions League semis last season, and did add a second Capital One Cup to the trophy cabinet.
Pellegrini’s reign ended with three trophies in three seasons and a win rate of 59.64%, marginally higher than Mancini and the best of any permanent Manchester City manager.
Since leaving City, Pellegrini has been strongly linked with Everton, Valencia, Zenit and AC Milan, but has still yet to find his next job.
How will you remember Manuel Pellegrini?