Pellegrini Is Expected To “Win Five Trophies In Five Years” At Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini.
Manuel Pellegrini.

Manuel Pellegrini has been given a target for the next five seasons when he takes over the rein of Manchester City. Ferran Soriano, the club’s chief executive has told the Malaga of Spain manager that they are expecting him to preside over an extensive period of success at the Etihad stadium, which includes winning five trophies in the next five seasons.

Soriano, who is currently in the USA with City on their end of season tour added that he felt City had underachieved last season and that their football had not “evolved” under Roberto Mancini.

Pellegrini is expected to be confirmed as City manager on June 3 after he must have ended the Spanish La Liga season with Malaga.

“I think that next season is going to be much better. I am convinced about that,” Soriano said. “It doesn’t mean we are going to win one or two titles but in the grand scheme of things, if we look at the next five years and I could plan now, I would say I want to win five trophies in the next five years.

“That may mean we win no trophy one year and two in another but on the average I want one title a year. That includes the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. Is it a realistic aim? I think yes, but I am talking about five years.

“What we are asking the new manager to do is build a squad but also a football concept and a way of working that will last for the next 10 years. The manager has a shorter span (than that.) We are asking the manager to win this season, next season and every Sunday.”

The club’s chief executive further shed more light on the reasons behind the sacking of their former Italian manager Mancini, who only did not just end their 35- year run without any major silverware but won the Premier League trophy a year after winning the FA Cup in 2012.

“This was a long- term decision taken with a lot of careful analysis. We would never fire or change the manager over one or two results,” Soriano said. Once you go down the part of change you have to be very sure. Roberto Mancini did very good for the club. He changed the mentality from a club that was not winning to a winning club and that is very hard.

“In the last year I think it’s fair to say that our football did not progress or evolve as we hoped. If you play good football you will win and we have a fantastic squad.”

The Spaniard, who became City’s chief executive in July 2012 said Mancini’s often fractious three- and- a- half year reign has not helped the image of the club, which was a priority for the management.

“I was worried about the image we were giving to the world,” Soriano said. “What we want is not the image of unity- we want the unity… with the new manager, we are asking him that the dressing room has as much harmony as possible, knowing total harmony is impossible.

“With the kind of squad we have, we want a senior manager at this point. We want a manager who knows about football but we want somebody who knows about man- management. It is impossible for us to win the Champions League if we don’t have a group that behaves like a family.”

Soriano confirmed that forward Sergio Aguero will not be sold this summer, despite speculations he is unhappy in Manchester.

“He is not leaving. This speculation has gone on and on and on but we have had discussions with Sergio and his agent about several things and he has never expressed a willingness to go. We have never had offer and even if we had an offer we would say no.”