Speaking of Sir Alex’s retirement Toure noted: “United are a great club and Ferguson is a big character there.
“He has built everything at United and the balance, I hope, will go to the City side now.”
With Roberto Mancini the last man to wrestle the title from Fergie’s grip, you’d expect Toure’s words to be a little bit more credible than just the usual bluster. It seems the powers that be at the Etihad have different plans though with reports emerging that former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is due to take over from Mancini next season.
Pellegrini is a very good manager having led Madrid to the highest points total in their history – unfortunately not enough to see off Guardiola’s rampant Barcelona. The former Villarreal manager also took Malaga to the last eight of the Champions League, hardly a small feat, so let’s not be quick to dismiss him. The risk lies in the fact that Pellegrini has never managed in England, spent huge sums at Real and still finished trophy-less and only has a solitary Intertoto cup win to show for his nine years managing in Europe.
At 59 Pellegrini is definitely not what one would expect for the long haul, but may be the answer to City’s Champions League woes, having taken Malaga so far this season despite having to lose some of his best players. The appointment represents a gamble though as Pellegrini hasn’t managed in the Premier League and even talented managers like Luiz Scolari, Juande Ramos and City’s former boss Sven Goran Eriksson have struggled to adapt.
I’m not saying David Moyes is a far better manager than Pellegrini, but he does know the Premier League, something that may prove vital as the sides no doubt resume their title race in the next campaign.
With Ferguson leaving, it may have represented the perfect chance for Mancini to regain the title he won last season and maybe even lay down his own bid for dominance, but now City like United enter the unknown, the difference being their’s is a lot more unnecessary.