The Chilean has been handed a new two-year contract by the Etihad Stadium outfit, much to the surprise of the club’s fans.
The Chilean trainer won the Premier League title in his first campaign in charge of the club in 2013-14, but the Etihad Stadium outfit looked nowhere near their menacing selves last season under his tutelage.
With City finishing 2014-15 without silverware, Pellegrini’s position was looking under threat, but Sheikh Mansour and the power brokers at the club have put their backing into the ex-Real Madrid and Malaga coach.
Talk has been doing the rounds that City are eyeing up Pep Guardiola as the team’s next manager - the Manchester Evening News among those to cover such rumours - with the Spaniard’s current deal at Bayern Munich expiring next summer.
As such, the majority of City fans on social media have reacted with confusion over Pellegrini’s term being extended. Others feel that it may well be a clever way of ensuring the team has a proven manager should Guardiola turn them down.
The Etihad Stadium faithful have been out on force on Twitter, with the best tweets surrounding the manager’s contract extension below.
Good move by #mcfc to extend Pellegrini. Give us flexibility and a potential fall back for Pep.— Jonathan Cowley (@jonnycowley) August 7, 2015
Great move by city giving pellegrini a contract extension— John Barlow (@mcfc_jb) August 7, 2015
Seems a strange point for Pellegrini to sign a new contract with #MCFC. Surely this season is make or break for him?— Owen Gibbs (@Garbotron) August 7, 2015
Smart move giving a pellegrini a new contract. Still think pep will be next manager. #MCFC— stephen lord (@stephenlord89) August 7, 2015
Pellegrini signs a new contract at Man City, ensuring he gets a payoff before Guardiola arrives next summer. #MCFC— Dean Jackson (@Dean5Jackson) August 7, 2015
Pellegrini new one year extension. Somebody explain this one to me... #mcfc— Phil Jones (@philrodneyjones) August 7, 2015
Looks like Pellegrini will not go empty handed at the end of the season! Hopefully he will not leave us empty handed either #MCFC— Ashraf (@ashluton12) August 7, 2015
Great to see Pellegrini pick up a contract extension. Fully deserved. Poor cup runs last year but other than that a great 2 years. #MCFC— Craig Aggett (@Caspa_MCFC) August 7, 2015
All Pellegrini signing a new @MCFC deal shows us, is that the club have zero ambition for the future.He's lucky to get this year,not 3 more!— Graeme Jake Scott (@Jakespoonman) August 7, 2015
Very surprised pellegrini has been given a new deal. Thought pep was coming next season. #MCFC— Dan fox (@Dannymcfcfox) August 7, 2015
#Pellegrini deserves a contract for besides showing great dignity and respect to football but also he's done a good job at MCFC— Neil Selman (@neilselman147) August 7, 2015