Pellegrini urges Premier League owners to be more patient

Date published: Sunday 8th November 2015 12:46

Manuel Pellegrini: Manager says colleagues deserve more time

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says trigger-happy owners need to show more patience with managers in the Premier League.

With Tim Sherwood having already been sacked at Aston Villa and Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho seemingly under fire at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, Pellegrini has come out in defence of his colleagues, insisting they should be given at least three years to be able to mould a club in their image.

“I read everyday that Chelsea will sack Mourinho. It has also happened to Van Gaal and me,” the Chilean said.

“Things have changed and I don’t understand why owners are so impatient. If I was an owner, I’d choose a manager to stay for three years and see out his contract – and then decide.”

Pellegrini’s own future at the Etihad has been the subject of constant speculation, with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola regularly tipped to take over at the end of the season.

And the 62-year-old believes there has been a recent change in owners’ attitudes in England.

“Several years ago in England, most clubs in the Premier League had patience with their managers,” he added.

“That is changing. And it is not just difficult for young managers – it is difficult for all managers. The longer you can be at a club, the better it is for the manager – and for the club.

“Having a manager like Arsene Wenger, in the way that he works for a long time, means that that his club will improve.”

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