The agent of Manuel Pellegrini has been quick to boost his client’s profile following rumours that the Chilean has made Roman Abramovich’s managerial shortlist by claiming that contact has been made over Pellegrini’s availability.
Jesus Martinez also revealed that Pellegrini turned down the chance to manage AS Roma earlier this month after the Italian outfit dismissed Zdenek Zeman as he preferred to see out the season in Spain, but Martinez says that his client has an interest in managing in England.
Pellegrini has coped with Malaga’s financial situation admirably and probably deserves to be talked about as a potential candidate for the big jobs and the Spanish club have a one-year ban from European competition hanging over them, so cannot be blamed for wanting to jump ship this summer and getting his agent to put the word out.
Martinez told El Mercurio:
“Less than 15 days ago we had an offer from Roma, but we declined outright. We said no because we are midway through the season.
“Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League, but he’d also like to go to Germany, Italy and other championships. There is plenty of time to analyse where he will be next season.
“Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I believe that in April or May we will know clearly what will happen with his future, to see if the sporting project is changing and we need to make a decision. Our first intention is to respect our commitment, but that also depends on the conditions which exist.”
I think he’s a good manager but am not convinced about his chances of managing Chelsea next season and I’m not entirely sure that he speak English, which is fundamental in the eyes of Abramovich, who told Carlo Ancelotti to learn the local language before he took over at Chelsea. This is not to say Pellegrini couldn’t learn, but there are probably better coaches ready to walk into the role at season’s end whereas Ancelotti was the best candidate when he was appointed and had been courted by Chelsea for some time beforehand.