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MANUEL: TITLE MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY JOB.

Byline: DAVID MCDONNELL

MANUEL PELLEGRINI claims he would accept the sack from Manchester City this summer - as long as he leaves with the Premier League title.

The pressure on Pellegrini increased last night when outgoing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola confirmed he will manage in the Premier League next season.

City are in pole position to secure Guardiola, who remains close to their sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano from their time at Barcelona.

Pellegrini appears increasingly resigned to his fate and claims he would rather bow out with the title at the end of the season than stay on and win nothing. The Chilean said: "If I have the option to renew here for five more years or to win the title and be sacked, I'd prefer to win the title.

"I don't think my position in the future is linked to titles. As a manager, it's important to win the title because it's my job.

"If you're the owner of a club, you must have the option to replace the manager if they win the title or don't win the title. It's about trust in the way you work. That's more important than if you win a title or not for the owners.

"Real Madrid are always changing the manager if they don't win a title. I don't think that's the best way.

"On the other side, you can win a title and the owner can not be happy with your work so they have the right to change."

City face competition for Guardiola from Chelsea, with the 44-year-old having finally revealed his next job will be in England.

Guardiola said: "I want to experience a new city and I want to work in England.

"I have an opportunity to work in England. I'm at the right age and I feel it is the right move.

"That is the reason I have taken this decision. But I haven't signed anything yet."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 6, 2016
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