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
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.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has accused center-back Vincent Kompany of defying his requests and putting country before club, after the twenty-six-year-old joined the Belgium squad for their World Cup qualifiers despite a calf injury. Kompany had not played a match for City since January, yet played the full ninety minutes against Macedonia on Tuesday. The Manchester City captain plays a key part in City’s defense, and Mancini wanted the player to be back to full fitness before playing.
“Sometimes players should understand that the club is more important,” Mancini said. “I am not saying the national team is not important, and I would never tell my players not to go to play for their country. But there are some cases when the club is more important, and all players should understand this.
“I knew he was joining up and asked him to stay here for treatment. I didn’t want him to play because it was a risk, and for us the next two months are really important.
“He said the manager (Belgium manager Marc Wilmots) had called him, and he should go. It is right that he should go and meet with the Belgium medical people, but then he should come back. It was important that Vinny should work here and prepare for the next game, and the next two months.
“I expected that he wouldn’t play, and that he would be back after one or two days. Instead, he played for 90 minutes and now we don’t know his condition. The calf is a difficult injury and we don’t know if he will be OK or not.”
City are currently fifteen points behind league leaders Manchester United in the Premier League, and will need their squad at peak fitness to stage a late comeback and regain the title they won last year. Kompany is expected to return to City starting-lineup against Newcastle on Saturday, and will stabilize the slightly rocky City defense.
Manchester City manager has claimed he is currently “the best manager in England”, and said that no one as done as much as him in England over the last fifteen months, despite the fact that City lay twelve points behind rivals Manchester United in the English Premier League table.
“In the last fifteen months I am the best manager in England.” Mancini told the BBC this morning. “Someone says for six months that Manchester City would change manager, (Pep) Guardiola would come in, and after Guardiola went to Bayern Munich, now another manager.
“I won one Premier League, one FA Cup, one Charity Shield, their is not another manager that’s won like me in the last fifteen months.”
Mancini became Manchester City’s manager in December 2009, taking over for Mark Hughes. But this year he has been criticized, after crashing out of the Champions League, and falling twelve points behind Manchester United in the Premier League table.