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With no trophies in Europe to speak of and memories of a fairly miserable time at Real Madrid, there were plenty of questions asked of Pellegrini upon his appointment at City in the summer.
The Chilean emphatically answered all of them in the end, delivering his club a league title and a Wembley success to make this one of the best seasons that City fans would have had in living memory.
A humble, some would say quiet manager, who lets his football team do the talking, Pellegrini also won lots of fans outside of Manchester during his first campaign in England.
City will hope that he's around for many more seasons to come.