Manchester City must resist the urge to become more and more like Chelsea.
Manchester City are victims of their own success. The money which has been pumped into the club has bought silverware which in turn has created pressure.
The natural result of this is that the club could start to act and behave more and more like Chelsea over the next few seasons, which is something they must resist if they are going to push forward.
Marca has reported that City have already been in touch with Manuel Pellegrini’s representatives to sound him out about becoming the club’s new boss this summer. Chelsea's approach for the Chilean was confirmed just last week.
If he took up the role then it would either mean sacking Roberto Mancini or forcing the Italian to resign from his position, especially if the club doesn’t retain the Premier League title.
Longevity seems to be getting rarer and rarer in football and sacking Mancini would be counter productive in several ways.
To begin with he is a very good coach, able to get the best out of his players and while his tactics are sometimes a bit wild, he does like to take a risk which sometimes pays off.
He’s not really doing anything wrong. The club has retained the same group of players, bar Mario Balotelli, as last season, Manchester United have just been one step ahead so far.
It’s dangerous because the same problems which have been plaguing Chelsea could easily start to plague Manchester City; fan revolts, missing out on top players and not being able to attract good coaches in the summer.
Had Chelsea displayed a more solid, stable and reliable platform for their managers to base their careers on then they may have signed Pep Guardiola to replace Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.
The point is City may end up creating an environment which costs them dearly in terms of targets who may have otherwise jumped at the chance to get involved at City.
The money City pay for players is always going to be there, as it is with several other clubs all over England and Europe.
It’s the way the people behind the club react to the pressure and the possible success which has now been created which is significant. City cannot turn into Chelsea in terms of how the club is run and how managers are treated.
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