Roberto Mancini Sacked As Manchester City Manager

ROBERTO MANCINI: Time at City expected to end this week

ROBERTO MANCINI: Time at City expected to end this week

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.

Anyway, it’s be good to talk about football on this blog again. Be sure to check out the blog at thearmbarexpress.wordpress.com and follow me on Twitter @tomrobinson5199 and I’ll see you again soon.

Transfer Deadline Day Thoughts And Reactions

Just a couple of thoughts of the signings that took place during the ever-so hectic ending to the transfer window.

David Beckham Signs For PSG on a 5 month contract

Well the 37 year old David Beckham’s engine is still running as he signs for Paris St. Germain. This seems more of a publicity stunt than a serious footballing decision. I mean, Beckham is not seriously gonna be a game-changer for mega-rich PSG. And it’s not a financial decision from Beckham either. He stated in the press conference that his salary is going directly to a French charity and you know what, Beckham deserves serious respect for that. I doubt that hardly any members of the Premiership would consider doing that. Why PSG though makes you think. Maybe it’s just that he wants experience and wanted to go play in a league slightly less demanding than La Liga or the Premiership. He’s not even planning on joining the Premiership anyway because he doesn’t want to play for any British team other than Manchester United. Beckham probably sees this as a way to prove to himself that at 37 he can still go, but in footballing terms, I don’t see Beckham being that much of a difference maker.

Mario Balotelli – Manchester City to AC Milan

One of the most controversial footballers in Premiership history has finally left our league. 😦 Kinda sad to see that seeing how unpredictable Balotelli can be. I saw in a report that apparently Balotelli was supposed to leave because of his bust-up with Roberto Mancini, but honestly, Balotelli wasn’t doing that great in a Manchester City player in the first place. I mean, Tevez, Dzeko and Aguero were doing just fine on the frontline for City. It’s not gonna make that much of a difference, and if they want to replace, they’ll get it done in the Summer. Super Mario just couldn’t get the job done at City – unless that job was getting into the headlines. However, it just seems a bit of a dick move to join a former club’s main rival. Remember, Balotelli was the star at Inter Milan before moving to Manchester. It’ll be interesting to see his first Milan derby to say the least.

Danny Graham – Swansea to Middlesbr…. I mean Sunderland. -.-

Yep, as a Boro fan, it really does fry me that Danny didn’t return to the Boro. I mean, he would have got his game, and he’s back at familiar territory. It made sense, and considering that Boro are in the play-off positions, there would have been a huge possibility of Boro getting promoted with Graham on board, and with Graham relighting the candle with Swansea just before he left, at Boro the candle would no doubt the fire wouldn’t be put out any time soon. But no, he joined Sunderland. A team who’s nowhere near safe from relegation. And moving to Sunderland is sort of disrespectful to Middlesbrough fans, considering he said this:

DANNY GRAHAM: A little hypocritical don't you think?

DANNY GRAHAM: A little hypocritical don’t you think?

Kieron Dyer Signs For…(sighs) Middlesbrough

So, in the entirety of the Transfer Window, Middlesbrough only signing is washed up, injury-prone Kieron Dyer on a free? I don’t care if he’s on a pay-as-you-play contract, how is Dyer gonna help us? He’s played something like 40 games in 5 years. This is not gonna benefit Boro in the slightest. Of course, I dare Dyer to prove me wrong. I hope he can prove me wrong, as Boro’s chances of promotion depends on it.

Louis Saha Gets Released By Sunderland

Hey you know what, if Middlesbrough are such a mood to sign injury-prone, washed up players, why not give Louis Saha a ring, since he’s available now. Never made that much of an impact at Sunderland anyway. Out goes Saha and in goes Danny Graham. Some good business on their part.

Heurelho Gomes – Tottenham To Hoffenhiem On A Loan Until The End Of The Season

Well, Gomes moving on is no real shocker here. He became 3rd in the pecking order at Tottenham and moving out on loan to a team like Hoffenhiem can really give him a chance to impress, and prove himself as a keeper.

Rory Delap – Stoke To Barnsley On A Loan Until The End Of The Season

A great coup by Barnsley. The ever dependable Delap will make a good edition for their team as they battle to stave of relegation to the 3rd tier of English Football. It makes sense for Delap as he’s only appeared once for Stoke all season, so the 36 year old veteran can provide good experience for Barnsley, and it’s a chance for him to prove that he can still go.

Mido Gets Released By Barnsley

Only appeared once for Barnsley, got struck with injuries, and got released. Yeah, that’s clearly 6 months wasted there.

Xisco Gets Released By Newcastle

Finally. I can’t remember any significant contributions Xisco has provided for Newcastle ever since he joined them a couple of years ago. This isn’t exactly a decision that will break the Newcastle fans’ hearts.

Stephen Warnock – Aston Villa To Leeds

Great signing from them. Warnock has always been a dependable left-back, and the Championship can help Warnock revitalize himself. He’s spent much of the season on loan to Bolton, so he’s very comfortable at this level, so Leeds did good signing him.

QPR sign Jermanine Jenas on 18 month contract

Desperation signing from Harry Redknapp. What effect Jenas will provide is up in the air. I mean he’s has the odd injury in recent years, but Jenas pretty much gave everything he could to Tottenham. He knew he couldn’t stay there forever if he wanted first team football, hence why he’s been out on loan to Tottenham and Aston Villa these past couple of years). But I don’t know he’s gonna make much of an impact at QPR as the club battle relegation.

Christopher Samba – Anzhi Makhachkala To QPR

I think this is the season that could save QPR’s season. I mean Samba is a great centre back, and he wanted out off Anzhi fast after the hell he endured over there in Russia. But how the hell is Samba getting £100,000 per week for QPR? Were they just so desperate to sign that they gave him that they offered him such an extensive amount of wonga? Sure, he’s a great centre back, but I don’t seem him worhty enough to get a contract like that.

Matthew Upson – Stoke To Brighton On Loan Until The End Of The Season

Again, another chance for an EX-England International to get first team action. Upson’s being ousted from the fold at Stoke following competition from Huth and Shawcross, and the Brighton is good for them as he is a great veteran defender, and it gives him some much needed first team football.

Nacho Monreal – Malaga To Arsenal

A last-minute signing following Kieran Gibbs’ injury, Arsenal got a great coup with Nacho. I mean, Malaga are becoming a hell of a great team in Spain, and Nacho has no doubt been a big part of that. I think Nacho could do great things in an Arsenal shirt, IF utilized properly by Wenger.

Jack Butland – Birmingham To Stoke

Now THIS is a good move from Stoke. Eager to take advantage of Birmingham’s awful financial situation, Stoke cashed in big time with the England international Butland, who is proving himself to be one of the best keeper’s England has to offer. However, Butland WON’T link up with the Potters until the end of the season as he has “unfinished business” with Birmingham. He’ll stay there to help them out until the end of the season, and that’s great on Jack’s part. He wants to help out the best he can, and I admire that.