Brendan to City – ‘Rodger’ that!

Manuel Pellegrini can look like a dead man walking at times with his cheekbones increasingly sunken, frown lines ever more prominent and pinkish hue encompassing his piercing blue eyes.

Is Manuel Pellegrini a 'dead man walking' in his role as Manchester City's Manager? Courtesy@MCFC

Is Manuel Pellegrini a ‘dead man walking’ in his role as Manchester City’s Manager? Courtesy@MCFC

That, though, is part and parcel of the job, albeit the unflustered Chilean claims not to feel the pressure that accompanies high octane football management.

You do not accept invitations from Arab Sheikhs to be the public face of one of their sporting fancies and expect the job to be easy. The stakes are high in a multi-billion pound global industry, but so too are the financial rewards and the constant probing by an intrusive media pack.

It’s a precarious profession, even if, like the professorial Pellegrini, you have a trade on which to fall back, if it all went horribly wrong.

But, having won numerous league titles and domestic trophies in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and more latterly, England, Pellegrini won’t be calling on his civil engineering degree any time soon, even if his P45 could be in the post sometime between now and May 25th.

You'll Never Walk Alone! Will Pellegrini be given the chance to carry on as City boss next season? Courtesy@MCFC

You’ll Never Walk Alone! Will Pellegrini be given the chance to carry on as City boss next season? Courtesy@MCFC

Pellegrini may be readying himself for such a delivery in the summer, with it probably wise that he steers well clear of his local postie once the 2014/15 campaign comes to a close.

Defeat at the Nou Camp and a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona for a second consecutive season, means City are now short odds to end the season trophy-less – barring a complete Mourinho malfunction and Chelsea collapse.

It’s an unacceptable situation for a club that toasted a domestic double under their current management team in 2013/14.

Ex-Liverpool hitman Suarez was causing City problems at the Nou Camp. Courtesy@MCFC

Ex-Liverpool hitman Suarez was causing City problems at the Nou Camp. Courtesy@MCFC

Pellegrini does, however, have history when it comes to short reigns – be they enforced or otherwise. He may now feel that he has spent long enough in the Etihad goldfish bowl and that a change of scenery will be of benefit to all concerned.

If you believe some of what you read, that decision may have already been taken for him. Who, though, steps into his shoes if he is ushered through the exit door?

Markets have already been opened – which may seem a little premature – but if the pistol is locked and loaded, why not?

Pellegrini puzzler - Manuel and his City team have had a bitterly disappointing campaign so far. Courtesy@MCFC

Pellegrini puzzler – Manuel and his City team have had a bitterly disappointing campaign so far. Courtesy@MCFC

The usual suspects figure prominently towards the top of the betting, with Carlo Ancelotti – hero come villain at Real Madrid – a logical option given his track record and previous Premier League and Champions League experience.

It is, however, the name of Brendan Rodgers that has been causing something of a stir of late.

Where has that rumour come from? Why would such a deal make sense for either party?

For all that he has done right at Liverpool, he has done just as much wrong.

Surely not! Would City's hierarchy consider approaching Brenda to replace Manuel? Such a move wouldn't be popular with City fans.

Surely not! Would City’s hierarchy consider approaching Brenda to replace Manuel? Such a move wouldn’t be popular with City fans.

Rodgers has enjoyed success in domestic cup competitions this season with Liverpool figuring favourably in League Cup betting, before falling to Chelsea in the semi final, and now seeking an FA Cup semi final with Aston Villa, subject to beating Blackburn in their quarter final replay.

Lifting cups is all well and good, but it can only ever be the hors d’ oeuvre to the main course of winning league titles and Champions League glory. It’s the benchmark that differentiates the good from the truly great managers.

Rodgers carried the Anfield outfit close to the Premier League crown last season, before finding City too tough a nut to crack.

Suarez bites back - City go 2-0 down to Barcelona. Courtesy@MCFC

Suarez bites back – City go 2-0 down to Barcelona. Courtesy@MCFC

Since then, troublesome but equally brilliant, talisman Luis Suarez has been sold to City’s European conquerors, Barcelona, and Liverpool spluttered through the first half of the 2014/15 campaign.

The Merseysiders are now making up much of the lost ground and challenging for what had seemed a most unlikely top four finish, as Rodgers’ new look team has gelled since the turn of the year.

Notwithstanding Liverpool’s rich vein of form, why would City stump up the compensation that would be required to lure a coach of promise away from a bitter North West rival?

Aguero anguish - Sergio sums up City's frustrations this season. Courtesy@MCFC

Aguero anguish – Sergio sums up City’s frustrations this season. Courtesy@MCFC

Rodgers remains a nearly man at present. That situation may change in the years to come, but for now he still has much to prove.

City have not evolved in such spectacular fashion under Sheikh Mansour’s guardianship, achieved the status they now enjoy and won the trophies of recent times to place it all in the hands of an individual with mere potential, but no discernible track record of solid achievement…have they?

If, and it’s a BIG IF, if Pellegrini has been read the last rites, surely the men from Abu Dhabi will only entrust their prized Premier League asset to a proven performer, not a pretender with a distinctly empty trophy cabinet.

The choice  is yours - City owner Sheikh Mansour and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will decide if Manuel sees out the third year of his contract.

The choice is yours – City owner Sheikh Mansour and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will decide if Manuel sees out the third year of his contract.

Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone or someone of that ilk would presumably figure prominently in Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Ferran Soriano’s thoughts, if as and when the City Chairman and CEO opt for change.

Decisionmakers - If and it's a big IF - if Manuel Pellegrini's position is under threat who would Ferran Soriano and Khaldoon Al Mubarak go for as a replacement?

Decisionmakers – If and it’s a big IF – if Manuel Pellegrini’s position is under threat who would Ferran Soriano and Khaldoon Al Mubarak go for as a replacement?

A shock move for Rodgers would send seismic waves rippling down the East Lancs Road to a distinctly unhappy set of Blue Mooners with whom ‘Brenda’ would win few popularity contests.

Rodgers has pledged himself to Liverpool amidst aspirations to create a new dynasty on Merseyside.

The Irishman is making all the right noises for his Anfield audience, but in the fickle and unforgiving world of football who knows what lurks around the corner or further down the road…in this case the M62? @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. March 19, 2015  6:52 pm by @thegingerwig Reply

    All stems from when we were looking for an assistant to Mancini. They interviewed Brendan Rodgers and were impressed but Mancini chose David Platt.

    • March 20, 2015  12:04 am by David Walker Reply

      Yes, I recall. That was before the EGO kicked in! What a self righteous, vain, arrogant and mirror licking twat he has become.

  2. March 19, 2015  7:18 pm by David Walker Reply


  3. March 19, 2015  7:29 pm by Eileen Fullen Reply

    If Pellars stays in top 4 wouldn't surprise me if he got another year. Just a feeling I have...Brenda hopefully not an option..funny old world who knows anymore. As you know my worries are for a top 4 place finish. Good read once again David.

    • March 19, 2015  7:44 pm by David Walker Reply

      If MP were to go Pep would be 1st choice, but if Ancelotti were available he's a class act & a gent like Manuel.

  4. March 19, 2015  7:42 pm by Ian Reply

    There is surely no advantage to making a change at the top unless a major upgrade is available. In short that is a fairly limited group of names, Pep, Ancelotti & Klopp come to mind. Unless this type of name is available there seems no sense in turning to someone who has not yet achieved anything. Ironic really the Liverpool, arsenal & Spurs are feted for good seasons yet all are behind us!

    • March 20, 2015  12:02 am by David Walker Reply

      Excellent point ref our rivals. I suppose it's a backhanded compliment to City that our standards are now so high. I agree - Pep or Ancelotti - but it could happen in 2016 rather than 2015. I think MP needs a good run to the end of the season and then Txiki MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO SCREW UP THE SUMMER TRANSFERS...again!

  5. March 19, 2015  8:04 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Good read again Dave but frightening the thought of St Brenden as city boss. But I guess anything is possible but my guess is he's to much of a gob shite for owners.

    • March 20, 2015  12:06 am by David Walker Reply

      We must hope so, but we must also credit HHSM with more savvy than to start believing Rodgers' own PR - in which he is totally immersed!

  6. March 19, 2015  8:06 pm by Ed Reply

    Down to the players to fight for MP starting with Saturday but I am worried that a few players are running on empty and need a rest.

    • March 19, 2015  10:55 pm by David Walker Reply

      Some of our players have been a disgrace in recent weeks - a lack of effort and application has been unforgiveable. MP has made mistakes but irrespective of formations it shouldn't stop players putting in a shift.

  7. March 19, 2015  8:40 pm by Dave Leyland Reply

    Please not Brenda!!!!! Pep's the only one.

    • March 19, 2015  10:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's a bona fide story, but if the City hierarchy have their antenna sharpened they'll know the place would be in uproar if Brenda dared darken our door.

  8. March 19, 2015  9:39 pm by paul Reply

    FOS Rodgers to city, Simone, pep, anchelotti only good enough for city

    • March 20, 2015  12:00 am by David Walker Reply

      I'd say Pep and Ancelotti...end of...but I think we'll stick with MP and then Pep available in 2016 - unless MP win CL, PL, FAC ;-)

  9. March 19, 2015  11:11 pm by David Walker Reply

    'Rodger that!' to be interpreted as a derivation on 'roger' as in 'screw' in the negative - not in the affirmative...just so there's no doubting - we don't want the so-called 'Brodge' anywhere near MCFC.

  10. March 20, 2015  3:06 am by Andy Bird Reply

    Great article great debate. I hope we are not turning into a club that requires a change of manager every other year. Whilst I agree results could have been better this year we also need to take a step back and remind ourselves of where we were not long ago. There is no right to win a trophy every season, aside from the league (which I still think 2nd is a great finish) my disappointment is we should have had least had last 4 finishes in both cups. In line with other comments, a change has to be an upgrade, not a short term fix. I think the masterplan probably is Pep in 2016 with MP seeing out his original contract. Perhaps if Bayern win CL this year he will think he has done as much as he can in Germany and want to move earlier. If we choose to replace MP this summer we may miss out on Pep the year after. Whilst Simeone and Klopp also look at good options, they are relatively unproven with big Ego players and perform best making average over achieve. Possibilities for City but at the expense of a chance for Pep in 2016???? Who knows. One thing is for certain, NO to Brenda!!

    • March 20, 2015  8:35 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Andy - it makes so much sense to stick with MP if the plan/aspiration is for Pep to City. If that's the case those plans are already in place but just not in the public domain, they could hardly announce them as it would undermine both MP and Pep for the whole of next season at Bayern and City. It would however mean Pep having a say in who we seek to buy this summer - intriguing. As stated another top quality option would be Ancelotti if Real Madrid see fit to release CA.

  11. March 20, 2015  6:22 am by guy Burke Reply

    More chance of clodah Rodgers being the next city manager, an average at best boss is Brendan - I hope he. Wins 9-0 on Sunday though!!

    • March 20, 2015  8:31 am by David Walker Reply

      Agree on both points GB. With Brenda's ego he probably believes he could win a major trophy...The Eurovision Song Contest...unlike Clodah!

  12. March 20, 2015  7:36 am by guvnor Reply

    If Brendon Rogers comes to the Ethiad, we may as well sell up and go home. It is Txiki that is a joke.

    • March 20, 2015  8:30 am by David Walker Reply

      In complete agreement Guvnor. If anyone needs to up their game and bring in the star players that we crave and obviously need, it is Snr Begiristain.

  13. March 20, 2015  2:32 pm by Richard Cooper Reply

    The last thing I expected today after a super 2 day trip was an article by yourself with a headline including the name of Brenda Rodgers !! - Heaven forbid !! Surely media rubbish speculation written for impact at the expense of sense.
    I have feeling that MP will be with us next season although a "clearout" of certain players is needed and Txiki must make a better show of it than last year - too be honest I don't know how much input the Manager/Coach has on the players that are acquired but hope that MP's future is decided by players he recommends.
    It would be arrogant to expect endless trophies every season but this year the limp way City have relinquished participation in cup competitions and most probably the league is the fault of all personnel including the players.
    There is probably no team in the EPL who could live with Barca over 2 legs - Messi & Co were awesome
    Starting tomorrow (and we all know how a Tony Pulis team will play) City owe it to themselves and us to show the determination to make a "fist" of giving Chelsea a "run" to the title and not let the season fade away hoping we make top four.

    • March 20, 2015  11:15 pm by David Walker Reply

      I concur in that MP should be with us, if only because Pep, like Manuel, has a year left to honour on his contract. If the 'holistic' approach means there is a 'road map' whereby it is all change after three years at City and Bayern Munich then we're obviously not privy to it at this stage. That said there is a certain logic that would lie behind such a plan. It is one to which I would subscribe. That said, MP has been hindered by FFP but not to the preclusiion that when we have spent money £150m+ it has not been spent wisely, either by MP, Txiki or both.

      A clearout has to happen - Dzeko, Kolarov, Nasri, Jovetic, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard & Milner (at their own instigation) and even Yaya, unless his role in the team is changed to that of a No 10 and his defensive duties are limited. That lot could raise £100m IF we can offload them.

      As for Rodgers, the line isn't without some 'merit' on the basis of his previous affiliation when he nearly came our way with Mancini, and more contemporary chatter from usually reliable sources. I agree that Brenda is probably the least popular ootential successor to MP due to his all encompassing vanity, arrogance and self righteousness.

      MP can make HHSM's decision a whole lot easier by getting this lacklustre bunch of overpaid wasters - with a few exceptions - to win their last 9 games and at least keep it interesting and entertaining.

  14. March 20, 2015  4:02 pm by Roger Jones Reply

    I suspect that the options available to us should MP go will be based on whether we finish in the top four or not. If, God forbid, we finish fifth then we can probably rule out Pep, Ancelloti, Simeone, et al. Completely agree with you re Rodgers though, irrespective of where we end up.

    • March 20, 2015  11:18 pm by David Walker Reply

      Let's not go there - 5th or even 4th place - the unthinkable that shouldn't even be on the radar! You're quite right though we'd be like lepers if we didn't have CL next season. However, we will, and we can get back on course if somebody at City can finally be savvy in the transfer market.

  15. March 21, 2015  6:12 pm by Stephen Reply

    I made a heated statement after Burnley re MP. He won a double last yr and it is the players who should be blamed. Effort has been wanting. If madrid are stupid enough to sack ancelotti then I would change manager but other than that let him see out contract and the football and trophies of last year deserves more loyalty from me than my heated comment indicated. CTID regardless and good performance today helps

    • March 21, 2015  6:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Nice sentiments Stephen - most magnanimous. I blame a lot of our underperforming players. 1 more year for MP & then see if Pep is coming...unless Manuel wins the Quad!

  16. April 17, 2015  5:49 pm by Marius Reply

    I'm from the Netherlands and i became an Cityzen last year, so my English is bad cause i'm 14 years old. My question is: there are so many rumors that Pellegrini goes away next season. Do you think that's true? And if it's true, who come in consideration, Pep Guardiola?

    • April 17, 2015  11:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      Your English is infinitely better than my Dutch so don't worry young fella...and I worked for a Dutch company for 9 years! There is a lot of speculation surrounding the manager's position at City and, in truth nobody on the outside can be sure what is in the thinking of City's owners. Pellegrini may stay for the final year of his contract, we don't know. City's hierarchy ARE known to be massive admirers of Guardiola and want him as the next manager, either this summer or in 2016...we think. But Pep might not want to come. If so City may seek alternatives - Ancelotti, Klopp, Benitez, Rodgers, even promote from within i.e. Vieira. There are so many variables and unknowns so we can but wait and see. I hope you stick with City when we're not the Champions of England next season, because we will be again...and soon. Maybe you'll be cheering Karim Rekik in years to come? Thanks for reading RBNR.

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