Man City chief Khaldoon Al Mubarak and chief executive Ferran Soriano have piled the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini to win some more silverware.
Pellegrini guided City to a Premier League title and League Cup glory in 2014, but the club finished second last season and failed in the cup competitions and the City big wigs have said that owner Sheikh Mansour will never be happy with a trophyless season.
City have posted a £10.7million profit for the first time since the Sheikh bought the club in 2008, but City’s heirarchy made it clear that is not enough to keep the Abu Dhabi billionaire happy.
In his annual report Khaldoon said: “The desire for silverware has always been a critical element of Sheikh Mansour’s strategy for the reinvigoration of Manchester City both on and off the pitch. It’s a strategy predicated on long-term sustainability and the ongoing development of momentum year-after-year.
“The fact that we consider last season to be below par for Manchester City is a testament to how far we have come in the last seven years. This is a level of ambition that we should not shirk or shy away from.
“No team can expect to win every year, but competing to win in England’s domestic competitions and improving our performance in the UEFA Champions League are entirely reasonable goals for Manchester City.”
City finished runners-up in the Premier League to Chelsea last season, but they were never really in the running to challenge Jose Mourinho’s men and they made early exits in the FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Champions League.
“We are doing a lot of things right but they are not enough,” said Soriano. “We will never be happy about a season without trophies the priority and the focus of our work is to convert more of these opportunities into titles in the years ahead.”