Balague: Manchester City 'decide to appoint' Pellegrini one day before FA Cup Final

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Have Manchester City just decided to change their manager?

It was claimed at the end of last month that Manchester City were negotiating with Manuel Pellegrini, and now they may just have acted on those plans.

Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague has written in his column for Spanish newspaper AS - that City have decided to appoint Pellegrini as coach for 2013/14.

This would mean a sacking for Roberto Mancini, who only extended his contract last summer, regardless of what happens in Saturday's FA Cup Final against Wigan Athletic.

If true, it is surely the worst possible timing for the report to come out, for it could overshadow the build-up and the game at Wembley.

Here is what Balague has written in AS:

"Pellegrini will be the next coach of Manchester City .That was assured yesterday in England, the day before the FA Cup final between the citizen and the Wigan team of Roberto Martinez.

"The agreement with the current coach of Malaga was recently reached, after Txiki Begiristain received carte blanche from the owner of the English club, Sulaiman Al-Fahim, to close the deal with the Chilean coach."

The report goes onto claim that the City board decided 'long ago' to dispense with the services of Roberto Mancini this summer.

It adds that Manchester City will have to pay Malaga 4 million Euros in compensation, and Pellegrini will pursue Isco as his first summer transfer target.

You can read the full report here

We have our doubts until it is confirmed via the official channels, but Balague appears quite certain in his phraseology and would surely not make such claims if he had doubt.

Again if true, the timing is certainly interesting, and City chiefs may be more than slightly frustrated at how it has come out.

City fans, what do you think? Would you be happy or frustrated if it is true? 

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