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Pellegrini fears sack if Man City finishes outside top four

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Manchester, April 19 (IANS) Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted for the first time that he could be sacked if his side finishes outside the top four spots in the English Premier League this season.

The reigning Premier League champions have lost four of their last five encounters and Pellegrini said: “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don’t win the title.”

“(But) If we miss out (on the Champions League) then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing,” Pellegrini was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Sunday.

“If that happens, the analysis of the season will be different. Not to play in the Champions League is a disaster.”

Man city are currently at the fourth spot in the standings with 61 points from 32 matches, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea.

With six matches left of the domestic season and the top-four positions still up for grabs, City are keeping their options open of naming their coach for the next season.

The club have not guaranteed Pellegrini’s departure and are keeping a close eye on their performance.

Pellegrini has a year remaining on his three-year contract.

Heavy defeats against comparatively light weight teams such as Burnley and Crystal Palace this season have placed serious question marks about Pellegrini’s ability to motivate his top players.

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