Former Manchester City boss believes squad need an overhaul.
Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce says that the club's record against top teams this season is 'horrific'.
Speaking to SkySports Morning View on Monday morning, broadcast at 11am on Monday (11/4), Pearce said he deemed it unacceptable that City have beaten just one other team this season inside the top nine in the Premier League.
He said: "That is horrific. For a team of City's ambition, where they want to go.
"Their centre halves have been so costly for them, they have shipped some really cheap goals. The new manager will have to have an overhaul."
Pep Guardiola is set to take over as new manager in the summer, and unlike at Bayern Munich when he was appointed, he will not be joining a club who are reigning champions.
City currently sit in fourth place thanks to their win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, but Manuel Pellegrini's side are 15 points behind league leaders Leicester City.
They have scored one more goal than the Foxes, and are the second highest scoring team, just two behind Tottenham, but their defence has not been as mean this year than in other seasons.
In total the team have conceded 33 league goals, three more than rivals Manchester United, and eight more than Spurs, who have allowed the fewest.