Hey there football fans, I am “The Special One” Thomas Robinson and I am here to talk about the impending termination of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
After going the entire season without a trophy, suffering humiliation in the Champions League, being on the receiving end of a upset at the hands of Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Final, and scrapping with fellow players, it appears Roberto’s tenure at City is about to come to close. Mind you, Roberto Mancini never exactly had the easiest of jobs in the world. Sure he had an near unlimited check-book and had world-class players on board already at the club, but when you had the advantages he had going into the job, expectations are high.
Rarely was speculation that he may be sacked at Man City going away. Even after he failed to gain a Champions League place on the first season he was in charge. Mancini had only just got the job in December 2009, replacing Mark Hughes as manager. The team wasn’t exactly in such a great position in the league despite a strong start under Hughes. But under Mancini, they were revitalized. Sure, they never got into the Champions League that season, but Roberto Mancini had the entire summer transfer window to revamp the squad.
And more than £100 million spent on new talent, he had a team of world-class talent capable to take on anyway and walk away victorious. They got rid of the dead-weight known as Robinho, and brought in some quality superstars. Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure were just three of Mancini’s new acquisitions with his mission simple… WORLD DOMINATION!
Before he could dominate the world, he had to dominate England. While they finally gained Champions League football, they were still no match for Manchester United that season who won their record 19th Premier League title. But still, you couldn’t take away much from Mancini’s efforts that season. Finally, Manchester City got into the Champions League. They could, the next season, battle the best Europe has to offer them. And not only that, Mancini had did something that no manager in the last 35 years have ever done at City – win a trophy. They won the FA Cup and many expected this to be the first of many trophies under Roberto Mancini. They got to the FA Cup Final and walked out victorious. And ironically enough, it seems to be a DEFEAT in the FA Cup Final this year that sends Mancini packing.
However, with their FIRST FA Cup victory and Champions League on the horizon, things were starting to look up for City. They managed to establish themselves as a well-oiled machine. It wasn’t the case of 11 world-class individuals on the pitch that had troubles working as a team any more. Mancini now had a team that were beginning to click together. However, the team was not perfect. They never got the trophy in the 2010/2011 season, and if they didn’t get it done in the next season, Mancini’s days as manager may come to a close. And it took a couple of marque signings from Mancini, which included Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero, and the team was ready. And you could tell. They went up to 14 premier league games without a defeat, and were sitting comfortable on top of the premiership. They even defeated their rivals Man Utd 6-1 in their own backyard. However, a defeat to Chelsea on December 12th started a downward spiral for the club. City started to slip up, and Man Utd as ever took advantage and took charge of the league. They needed a knight in shining armour to help them in the title struggle, and that knight turned out to be the troublesome striker, who Mancini said would never play for City again, Carlos Tevez. With Tevez back in the frame, they pushed and pushed until finally… on the 13th of May 2013….
(APPLAUDS) You’ve got to applaud Man City. They’ve proved they were good enough to battle with their rivals. They beat Man Utd twice in the same Premiership season and beat them to the post with the greatest of goals to clinch the title. Bravo.
It’s just a shame this season their world came crashing down. Humiliated in Europe for the second season in the row. Could not find a win in their 6 group stage games in the Champions League. Humiliated in the League Cup by Aston Vanilla in the 3rd round. Losing their championship back to Man Utd. And losing the FA Cup Final to Wigan Athletic this weekend. For a team that wants world domination, that simply isn’t good enough.
And so, Roberto Mancini will likely be thrown by the wayside by the owners. But you CANNOT call Roberto Mancini a failure at all. Yes, Man City have yet to be a strong force in Europe. And yes, they haven’t won a trophy all season. But Mancini has finally established Man City as one of the main title contenders for many years to come. Mancini didn’t lose control of his players. Sure he had the odd spat with a couple of them, but considering a lot of them are on wages that are £100,000+ a week, what do you expect? Unlike managers like Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, he was not defeated in a players vs manager battle. He made a team of world-class footballers click and took players like Yaya Toure and took them even beyond with their abilities. He’s started a new day at City. City will for a number of years be a dominating force in England. Whether than can get the job done in Europe or not remains to be seen. But Roberto will take solace in the fact that despite pressures from the board, some of players and the press he made City champions. I think he’s been a success at the club, and some City fans will miss Mancini I’d suspect. Whoever takes charge now needs to fulfil the board’s wishes and be a success. Otherwise, they might just in line for the chop a lot sooner than they think.