Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be out of a job this summer.
Manchester City’s title race is all but over, and they even face a challenge to remain in the top four if their poor form continues for the rest of the season.
Despite leading the club to the Premier League title and League Cup in his debut season, Pellegrini has endured a tough time this term, and with no Champions League trophy to speak of, many expect the Chilean to be out of a job in the summer.
He faces a tough test to retain his role into next season, but how does Pellegrini compare to some of his predecessors?
Manuel Pellegrini - 7
A Premier League title and League Cup will be his trophy haul across two years in charge, and he brought some classy and powerful football to the Etihad.
However, a failure in Europe has been his big letdown, and apparent discontent this season is the thing that is sure to see him out of a job.
A patient man, and a good coach, Pellegrini is not the right man for Manchester City, despite the fact that his win ratio of 67.05% is the best in the club’s history.
Roberto Mancini - 8
The man to truly make Manchester City a big club in the Premier League era, Mancini won the club their first Premier League title, as well as an FA Cup and Community Shield.
Despite leading them up the table, he should probably have done more with his time in charge, and his inability to find consistency probably cost him his job.
There is a fine line between being offered more time, and being a failure, and Mancini was let go at the correct time. However, for his success and his importance in City’s recent history, he deserves a special mention in the club’s record books.
Mark Hughes - 5
In charge for 77 games, Hughes was appointed at a strange time in the club’s history, when they wanted to be a Premier League challenger but did not have the ability to back it up.
A number of questionable signings were completed under his supervision, but they possessed a very strong home record, and Hughes brought a steel to the side lacking before or since his time there.
He oversaw a period of instability at the club as they veered between mid-table strugglers and challengers for the upper echelons, but his failure to bring silverware cost him a high rating.
Sven-Goran Eriksson - 6
Similarly to Hughes, Eriksson was in charge at a time of great upheaval at City, and it was clear early into his career that he was not set for a long-term role at Eastlands.
And that came true after he was sacked after just one season, despite winning the club their best ever Premier League points total, 55, and securing qualification for the UEFA Cup.
He was afforded few chances to impress, but Eriksson’s poor form did little to improve his chances of forging a long-term City career.