This week’s English for football phrase is to pledge his / her future. The verb pledge means to promise while future refers to how long a player or manager will stay at the club. This phrase is often used when there is a lot of speculation about whether this player or manager will remain with his or her current team. This week there has been quite a lot of speculation concerning two Premier League managers with Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini and Aston Villa’s Martin O’Neill refusing to pledge their futures to their respective clubs. To pledge your future.