Do NOT sack Pellegrini! Former Man City boss says under-fire Chilean should stay

first_imgStuart Pearce believes Manchester City should stick with Manuel Pellegrini.Sunday’s humiliating defeat to rivals Manchester United was the latest low in an underwhelming season for City, and Pellegrini is being widely tipped to exit the Etihad.But Pearce insists it is the squad that needs shaking up, not the coaching team, and hopes Pellegrini is given the chance to turn things around.“The club is at a stature now where they look to continually be in the Champions League and win Premier Leagues. The club will have a good look at themselves in the summer, but I’m not a big favour of turning managers over quickly,” the former City boss told talkSPORT.“I hope the manager stays in place. He has been around the block long enough to realise the squad needs freshening up drastically this summer.”Pearce believes City’s poor form – they have lost five Premier League games since the turn of the year – owes much to Yaya Toure’s fading influence.The powerful Ivorian midfielder was outstanding as City claimed the title last season, but has struggled to hit the same heights this term.“Where City have suffered historically is when Toure has either lost form or been away on African Nations tours,” said Pearce.“Manchester City have suffered in regards to his driving force within the team. Some of the best ever performances City have put on you can probably pointy directly to him and say, look, this is the guy that has driven the team and put in performances which have been outstanding.”last_img read more

MURPHY CAPTAINS IRELAND TO STUNNING WARM-UP VICTORY IN MELBOURNE

first_imgDONEGAL’S Michael Murphy has captained the Ireland International Rules team to a comprehensive win over a VFL selection in Sandringham, Melbourne today.The Donegal captain also scored two goals – and a had a total of 19 points – as Ireland won easily by 100-27.Cork’s Colm O’Neill helped himself to four goals as he top scored with 30 points. Sean Cavanagh, Pearse Hanley and Aidan O’Shea also scored goals today.All 23 players available featured in the game while the squad will be completed by the arrival of Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Chrissy McKaigue in Australia after they line out against each other for Clontibret and Slaughtneil respectively in this afternoon’s Ulster club semi-final.The squad moves on to Perth on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s clash with the AFL’s finest at the Patersons Stadium.IRELAND: N Morgan (Tyrone); C McDonald (Tipperary), N McGee (Donegal), C Boyle (Mayo, 0-1-0 [3]); L Keegan (Mayo), J McCarthy (Dublin), K McKernan (Down); A Walsh (Cork), S Cavanagh (Tyrone, 1-1-0 [9]); C Cregg (Roscommon, 0-3-1 [10]), C Begley (Laois), P Hanley (Mayo, Brisbane Lions, 1-0-0 [6]); C O’Neill (Cork, 4-1-3 [30]), M Murphy (Donegal, 2-1-4 [19]), R Munnelly (Laois, 0-1-2 [5]). Interchange: M Donnelly (Tyrone), F Hanley (Galway), D Hughes (Monaghan, 0-0-1 [1]), K McLoughlin (Mayo), D Moran (Kerry, 0-0-1 [1]), P O’Neill (Kildare), P O’Rourke (Meath), A O’Shea (Mayo, 1-3-1 [16]).VFL SELECTION (from): S Sherlock, B Cavarra, A Saad, T O’Sullivan (0-0-1 [1]), C Lockwood, N Rippon (0-0-1 [1]), T Paule, B Smithwick, T Gribble, A Marcon, B Mahon, L Tynan, J Bolton (0-1-0 [3]), J Geary, B Jolley, A Cockie (1-1-0 [9]), M Cook, N Newman, S Clouston (0-1-1 [4]), L Featherstone (0-1-1 [4]), J Magner, B Davies (0-0-1 [1]), J Owen (0-0-1 [1]), T Pinwill (0-1-0 [3]), E Panozza.MURPHY CAPTAINS IRELAND TO STUNNING WARM-UP VICTORY IN MELBOURNE was last modified: November 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more