David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini begin the campaign as new men at the helm of the Premier League’s top two clubs and that’s not all they have in common, with neither winning a trophy within the last decade.
Bwin have the Scot as 19/20 favourite in a 2013/14 trophy chase face-off, with his Citizens counterpart the 2/1 underdog. The Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup all count towards the final scores.
The two gaffers have a history of overachievement at teams with limited expectations, but it’s the generously-priced Chilean who looks the clear bet here, with a CV boasting the kind of experience that Moyes can only dream of.
In Chile Pellegrini landed the Copa Interamericana and Copa Chile whilst at Universidad Catholica and the country’s Serie A with LDU Quito, before moving to Argentina and adding Primera Division titles with San Lorenzo and River Plate in a three season period – the last of which came in 2002/03.
His time in Europe has seen the golden touch desert him, but he dramatically overachieved with Villarreal and Malaga either side of a year at Real Madrid in which the Galatico obsession of Florentino Perez impinged upon his ability to foster a cohesive squad, before he was eventually replaced – fittingly – by that most Hollywood of managers, Jose Mourinho.
During his spells with Villarreal and Malaga he steered – as Moyes did in 2005/06 – both clubs to Champions League qualification, but unlike the Scot he proved equal to the challenge once there, with both sides unlucky overachievers as quarter-final losers in 2005/06 and 2012/13.
Pellegrini even offered a first-hand lesson in his superior tactical nous when his Submarino Amarillo dumped Moyes’ Toffees out of qualifying on the latter’s sole foray into Champions League competition.
Whilst he could be forgiven slightly less knowledge of the English game than Moyes, players such as Vincent Kompany have already come out in praise of the class with which he deals with his squad.
Furthermore, the superior organisation with which City have conducted their transfer business mean he has had a largely settled player group with whom to work for some time, whilst his rival continues to sweat on potential high profile additions ahead of an ever-nearing Premier League kick-off.