Roberto Mancini sacked by Manchester City

Something to ponder; Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Something to ponder: Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have finally axed manager Roberto Mancini, a year to the day after Mancini lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years.  After the 72 hour wait for City’s Abu Dhabi-owner’s and 24 hour after Mancini was told he would be shown the door at City by chairman Khaldoon al Mubara, the Italian’s sacking has been confirmed.  City’s owners’ claimed Mancini had failed to meet any of their targets or the season (except Chapions League qualification), resulting in the 48-year-old’s sacking.

Mancini’s City future was in doubt after City’s shock 1-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final, meaning City will go without silverware this season.  Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to have been approached by City after their FA Cup defeat, and with Mancini out the Chilean looks set to move to Manchester.

Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take over for City’s remaining two Premier League matches, unless a replacement for Mancini is found before Sunday.  Continue reading

MOTD- Manchester CIty 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan Athletic have stunningly won their first ever FA Cup, with The Lactics earning an outstanding 1-0 win over Manchester City through Ben Watson’s injury time goal. The Lactics were competing in their first ever FA Cup final, and became the first side since 1988 to win the trophy after reaching the final for the first time. Although City were given the chance to win the cup for the second time in three years, they failed to grasp what would have been an important title.

City were the dominant side in the opening minutes, and Yaya Toure almost put Roberto Mancini’s side in front after only four minutes with a fierce dipping volley from the edge of the box that Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles brilliantly pushed wide. Wigan settled into the game though, with Callum McManaman coming close to opening the scoring for Wigan in the eighth minute. Arouna Kone sent McManaman in down the right, and after taking the into space in the right side of the City box, the McMananman cut back onto his left foot and curled an effort just wide of the far post. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Manchester City are set to take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with City aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years.  City are in safe second place in the Premier League, and barring a miracle, they will stay there.  Wigan on the other hand are battling hard to stay in the Premier League, and will need a win in their last two matches is they are to stay up. On top of that, David Moyes has left Everton for Manchester United, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez favorite for the job, resulting in Martinez having to bat away questions about the job instead of spending time preparing for the final.  Although City have no such problems, a loss for them would most likely see manager Roberto Mancini’s future put in further doubt as it is rumored City have approached Manuel Pellegrini about replacing Mancini.

It will take an upset for Wigan to claim the title, and although they held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw and beat West Bromwich Albion recently, they have not been on the best of form.  Surprisingly, City have also been on below average form, only winning two times out of their last five matches. But whether City can win the come out of their recent slump in form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

Pellegrini set to replace Mancini at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s future at the English club is in doubt, with reports suggesting that Malaga manager  Manuel Pellegrini will replace Mancini over the summer.  Reports from Spain claim that Pellegrini has agreed to a contract with City, who will pay his €4 million release clause.

Mancini’s side will play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and the Italian still remains popular with City supporters, who will likely chant Mancini’s name against Wigan in a bid to reverse City’s decision to bring in Pellegrini.  The Chilean has reportedly told Malaga that he will be leaving at the end of the season to join City, although there has been no confirmation of the deal from either City of Malaga.

Midweek Musings: Handicapping the EPL run-in

While the English Premier League title title and relegation battle have all been sorted out and won, the top-four battle is still wide open. Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton all battle to earn that crucial spot in next season’s Uefa Champions League, and if not, a spot in the Uefa Europa League. Only one of the sides will not be competing for a European trophy next season, while one will have the sometimes aggravating spot in the Europa League. So, here is an analysis of the final run-in for the teams competing for a spot in Europe:

Current table
Only one Champions League spot has been taken (Manchester United took first place), with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton still competing for the final three spots. Manchester City currently sit in second, Chelsea in third, Arsenal in fourth, Tottenham in fifth, and Everton sit in sixth. Continue reading

Sergio Agüero announces apology to David Luiz via Twitter

Manchester City forward has announced his apology to Chelsea defender David Luiz for his studs-up tackle on the Brazilian during City’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals via Twitter.  The Argentine will not face a ban for his reckless tackle against the Brazilian, but following Luiz’s request for an apology, Agüero has announced that he has contacted Luiz, on social networking side Twitter.  Although referee Chris Foy did not card Agüero for the challenge, the twenty-eight-year-old has admitted his tackle was a rash “impulse.” Continue reading

Sergio Agüero escapes punishment for two-footed tackle

Agüero will not face further action over his challenge on Luiz

Agüero will not face further action over his challenge on Luiz

Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero will face no further action for his two-footed studs-up challenge on David Luiz in City’s FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea.  The incident happened in the 82nd minute of the match, after Luiz appeared to elbow the Continue reading