Manuel Pellegrini might be unsure about his own future but he is certain Pep Guardiola will be successful when he takes over as Manchester City manager.

Pellegrini's side ground out a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Sunday to ensure they pipped neighbours Manchester United to the Premier League's fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

Pellegrini's parting gift means his successor will be able to look forward to competing in Europe's elite club competition when Guardiola arrives at Eastlands during the close-season following his departure from Bayern Munich.

"I don't like to talk about what will happen in the future but I am sure that Guardiola will be a very successful manager," Pellegrini said.

"I have not spoken to Guardiola and I don't think I have any need to do that. He knows perfectly well what is happening at this club because he has friends here.

"Guardiola will receive a club that deserves to be in the Champions League and I am sure it will continue to improve in the future.

"I don't think he is especially lucky because in the last five seasons this team has always been in the Champions League and it was important this continued next season."

Pellegrini, 62, will start looking for work again following the completion of the Chilean's mission to secure Champions League football and he can go job hunting with his head held high.

"It has been a good season because we won the League Cup and we reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League, which is not easy, for the first time," he added.

"Maybe we did not play in the way I would have liked but the difference against Real Madrid was an own-goal.

"We have won more points and trophies than any of the other big clubs and that has to be a good cycle of three seasons here, winning three titles at the same time.

"I had just been focusing on our final game because it was very important to finish in a good way so now I will be seeing different options.

"I will start thinking about the future but I don't want to decide just in one week. I want to look at different options. After that maybe I will take a holiday."

 

AFP