5 Areas Manuel Pellegrini Must Succeed in to Keep Manchester City Job

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5 Areas Manuel Pellegrini Must Succeed in to Keep Manchester City Job
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Manuel Pellegrini, deep in thought.

After about a month of speculation, former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has officially been named the next Manchester City manager. After Roberto Mancini's sacking, the Chilean tinkerer was firmly installed as the clear choice for the job.

The former Villarreal and Real Madrid boss will have a lot of work to do if he is to turn City around from a poor 2012/13 season. A meekly-surrendered title, a shambolic Champions League display and a disheartening FA Cup final loss to Wigan only begin to tell the story.

Pellegrini has shown he can make something out of nothing, taking Villarreal to the Champions League semifinals and a second-place La Liga finish. He also pulled financially hurting Malaga to within seconds of the same European landmark.

Of course, he has also shown he can work with a big club, taking Real Madrid to its then-highest Liga points total of 96 in his one season at the helm. He was unfortunate to run into Pep Guardiola's world-beating juggernaut that season, and was promptly shown the door.

After three strong seasons in Andalusia, Pellegrini has a vast challenge ahead of him at Eastlands. If he is to avoid the same fate as he suffered at the Bernabeu, here are a few areas that he must succeed in.

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