Pellegrini won a league and League Cup double in his first season at Man City. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
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Having snatched the crown from Manchester United's grasp on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign, City stagnated and finished the following season 11 points adrift of their derby rivals in second place.Manager Roberto Mancini paid the price with his job, sacked two days after a shock defeat by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, and a similar fate may lie in store for Pellegrini. The club's failure to reach the Champions League quarterfinals also counts against Pellegrini, even if there was no disgrace in succumbing to the genius of Barcelona's Lionel Messi as City did in the last 16 .Despite Financial Fair Play restrictions, City splurged 32 million pounds ($47.6 million) on Eliaquim Mangala, but the French center-back has been unable to hold down a first-team place.
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