Manuel Pellegrini bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City after guiding them to a top four finish, but admitted the announcement of Pep Guardiola as manager halted their title bid.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored for City in a 1-1 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium to all-but guarantee Champions League football next season due to their superior goal difference over rivals Manchester United.
Andre Ayew scored the equaliser for the Swans, but City held on to all-but claim Champions League football next season ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club.
Manuel Pellegrini said an emotional farewell to the City fans after the match, but the Chilean admitted that a bad atmosphere at the club due to the announcement on Guardiola’s arrival did play a part in their failed title challenge.
Speaking after the match, Pellegrini said: “I wanted to win the Premier League this season, but the atmosphere from February when the club announced the new manager was maybe not the best atmosphere, we lost two important games at home when we were three points behind the leaders.
“The only option we had today was that we needed to get the point to get Champions League for next year.”
Pellegrini gave his club blazer to a Manchester City fan after the match, and praised the support the fans have given him during his time at the club.
“I don’t have a shirt because I don’t play, so I gave my jacket to the fans,” he added. “I felt they have really supported me in three seasons here and support me in every game which is important. I can confirm my jacket was empty.”