Our resident Manchester City fan, Ger Deegan, mourns the loss of manager Roberto Mancini.
A year ago today Manchester City clinched their first ever Premier League title in the most dramatic fashion possible. A late Sergio Aguero strike meant City would be Champions for the first time in forty-four years. Talk of domestic dominance soon followed and one man seemed to be the person to lead it. Roberto Mancini.
A year on, United have regained the title and yet another manager has been sacked. Tonight at 10.22pm a statement was released by City stating that Mancini had been relieved of his duties. As a City fan, this news has saddened me. On the day were Blues around the world should be reminiscing on their title victory of last season, yet another manager has fallen. Mancini delivered the club it’s most success ever with two major trophies in his three-year spell. (three if you include the charity shield). Not only am I disappointed with the timing of the sacking but also the way the board have handled the stuation has been ludicrous.
Mark Hughes left the club in sour circumstances whereby it seemed like he was the last to find out he was gone. In similar fashion, Mancini has been treated appallingly with talk of Manuel Pellegrini already been lined up as his replacement. However, Mancini is not daft nor stupid and would have known of the situation previous to his sides FA cup defeat to Wigan on Saturday. The excuse could be made that players didn’t turn up at the Wembley final knowing what was bubbling in the background at Eastlands, but I don’t want to make those excuses.
I’d like to take a minute to personally thank Mancini for the success he has brought my club in such a short space of time. The FA cup win, Premier League title, 6-1 win at Old Trafford, Champions League for the first time and finally for the way he has put City on the map again.
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