Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he would have been sacked if his first season at former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich has been this bad.
The City boss accepts he has fallen below expectations since arriving at the Etihad Stadium last summer and must improve next term.
City failed to mount a sustained Premier League title challenge and saw their campaign in the Champions League ended at the last-16 stage.
Having won 21 trophies across his spells at the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena, such a return is a relative disappointment and Guardiola believes his old employers would even have shown him the door.
He said: “(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) – at that club, if in six months you don’t win, you are really out. Like Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. If not, they don’t give you a second chance.
“Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do it. In my situation at a big club – I’m sacked, I’m out. Sure. Definitely.
“At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season.”
Guardiola: English football is harder
Guardiola was speaking at a press conference to preview Tuesday’s final home game of the campaign against West Brom.
Asked if he meant what he said, Guardiola, who has occasionally expressed frustration at suggestions he has found English football tougher than the Spanish or German games, recognised he may have created headlines.
He said: “Yes because I have to win. Yes, yes, sure. You have the titles for tomorrow in the newspaper? You are happy?”
Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola – they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing their man last year – it is unthinkable City would wield the axe so soon.
But Guardiola feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can only protect him so far.
He said: “If what happens next season is not going well, I’ll have one more year of contract, and if it’s not going well they are going to change manager. I am not staying here because I am Pep or what I have done a long time ago.”
City take on West Brom looking for three points to tighten their grip on a top-four position. They could even secure Champions League qualification if Arsenal drop points against Sunderland on the same night, but their tight battle with the Gunners and Liverpool for two spaces could go to the final weekend.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed “some teams are on holiday” and expressed hope all opponents for all teams fight hard.
But Guardiola, whose side finish their campaign at Watford on Sunday, said: “I don’t understand how the managers speak for the other clubs and the other teams.
“The people who are hired are focused in their teams – they do what they have to do. I never saw one player in my life go to the pitch and not try to win the game.
“He (Wenger) plays against Everton and Sunderland, no? Both teams are done, no? One is relegated and one is in the Europa League, so it’s the same situation.
“So you don’t want to complain. Do it better during the season and you will not have this problem.”