Big Things are Happening in Manchester


So it was just a few days ago that game changer and dynasty leader Ferguson left the managing position at Manchester United. Not too long before that Man U paraded down the street of Manchesterwith the Premier League trophy in hand. Rooney wants out of Man U, to most likely go somewhere outside of the Premier League. Last but not least Roberto Mancini was let go.

Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday exactly a year after he delivered the club’s first English league title in 44 years. Mancini had four years left on his contract, but the whole thing seemed like an inside job. Sure Mancini brought Man City a title, but I don’t think that ever really wanted Mancini no matter how well he did.

City said its end-of-season review was brought forward ”out of respect for
Roberto” after it was reported that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini had been
lined up to replace him. Mancini’s final days in charge were marked by his
attacks on City for failing to deny those reports. It doesn’t help Mancini’s case that Pellegrini is only denying that a deal is in place, leaving open the possibility that he could be headed to the Premier League.

Mancini has paid the price for City’s failure to build on its position of strength, the club is set to end the season without a trophy and exiting the group stage of the Champions League for the second straight season.

”Despite everyone’s best efforts, the club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League,” City said in a statement.

”This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.”

”Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years,” chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said. ”He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the club’s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012.

”I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.”

It sounds to me like they’re just trying to keep Mancini quiet, but he will not be silenced. It appears that Man City was only planning for his demise. What is a manager supposed to do when the front office won’t help you out?

City’s poor recruitment in the last offseason laid the seeds for the eventual demise of the former Inter Milan coach.

The club failed to sign its top target, with Robin van Persie opting to join United from Arsenal, and was forced to settle for low-profile recruits in Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic for about 35 million pounds (now $53 million) in total.

Mancini was not afraid to let the board know about his unhappiness about the club’s dealings, regularly complaining about it with reporters.

So long Mancini and welcome whoever replaces him in this mess of a club. Manchester City will soon no longer be a power house in Manchester as united starts to take the glory. You may not hear much about Manchester City for a while, as they lay low and build up, I hope.


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