Frank Lampard's warm words for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

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The former Chelsea midfielder seems to be a fan of his boss describing Manuel Pellgrini as a 'pleasure to work with'.

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard is full of praise for manager Manuel Pellegrini after a difficult spell for the City boss.

City are out of the all cup competitions, including the Champions League after the midweek defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp, and are six points behind Chelsea in the title race having played a game more. 

It has led to a lot of speculation about Pellegrini, with some newspaper reports suggesting he could be looking for a new job at the end of the season, but the City boss has seemed relaxed about things.

But Lampard seems very positive about Pellegrini, telling the Manchester Evening News: “I can’t complain at all how he’s been with me. He brought me to the club, he has been a pleasure to work with, and he’s a very good man.

“He’s a very experienced manager, a very good manager, and I don’t think there is any finger-pointing at any individual for the recent form. It is very much a collective thing. I’ve enjoyed working under him.

“Manuel is very calm. You can see his nature. He is a very experienced and can handle all pressures. He’s got a good manner and it is very important as a top manager that you never look as if the pressure is getting to you - he certainly never gives us that vibe.”

The pressure was eased a little on Pellegrini after his side overcame West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in the Premier League at the weekend, but there does appear to be some doubt about his future.

Lampard has been in a similar environment at Chelsea having worked under a number of managers during his time at Stamford Bridge, where success is similarly expected year on year given the amount of money that is spent on players.

An experienced figure like the former Chelsea midfielder speaking highly of a manager will do Pellegrini's reputation no harm at all - though one still questions whether or not he will be at the Etihad Stadium by the time the next season kicks off.

But City appear to have a very statesman like figure at the helm in Pellegrini, his demeanour hasn't changed from the end of his very successful first season in charge of the club to now. There's no need to panic as far as he's concerned, maybe City shouldn't either come the end of the season if they do not end up with their third Premier League crown in four years.

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