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Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium

Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium

Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has confirmed he expects to announce Roberto Mancini's replacement within ten days.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been linked with the manager's post at City for some time but he confirmed yesterday there is still no done deal between himself and the Premier League club.

However, Al Mubarak has now set a timeframe for the new appointment and the criteria the club is looking for ahead of next season's bid to regain the league title.

"We obviously want sustainable success for this club and (picking the manager) is the most important decision for a football club," Al Mubarak said.

"The type of person we would like running our football team is someone with great man-management capability and the ability to get the best out of the talent we have, get the best out of the youth we have and establish and continue a systematic approach from the youth team to the elite team and reserves.

"We have a wonderful team running this process internally (to select a new manager) and are putting a very comprehensive process in place.

"They have created a shortlist of managers who fit that criteria and we are pretty much done.

"We are very close. I expect to make an appointment probably within the next two weeks."

Whether the man to fit the role will be Pellegrini remains to be seen after the 59-year-old Chilean spoke earlier this week of having a "verbal commitment" with the Blues.

But asked if he had reached an agreement with City, Pellegrini said: "Not yet. Next Monday we will see where I go."

Al Mubarak was clear with his reasons for wanting a new man in the City dugout after a mostly frustrating season. "We all felt it was time for a change," he said. "Our expectations were to achieve more. Roberto has done a great job and everybody associated with Manchester City should be deeply appreciative of everything Roberto has done."


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