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Pellegrini urges Man City to 'hit the ground running'

Manuel Pellegrini hopes his Manchester City side can start their 2013/14 season in positive fashion on Monday night.

The Chilean will oversee his first competitive match as City boss at the Etihad Stadium when the Toon come to town and is hoping for a bright beginning to his Eastlands tenure.

"We have to hit the ground running and that starts against Newcastle," he told the club's official matchday programme.

"Of course the new players - and the manager and staff - all need to time to get to know each other and I am sure that we will improve as the season progresses but we do not have that time.

"We now start a new cycle after Roberto Mancini's work from the previous seasons. He created history here, brought the club its first silverware in a long time and the first title in 44 years. He will never be forgotten and shouldn't be.

"But football moves on and evolves, it has always been that way, and now we have a new era starting tonight with some new players. We had a good squad before I got here but I think we have bought well and bought wisely during the summer.

"Supporters of Manchester City have the reputation of being a big family and I am delighted to be part of it. My job now is to win trophies and take the team forward."

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