Comments on: An in-depth look back at Roberto Mancini’s reign as Manchester City manager. Where it went right, where it went wrong & why it was time for him to go. /2013/05/14/an-in-depth-look-back-at-roberto-mancinis-reign-as-manchester-city-manager-where-it-went-right-where-it-went-wrong-why-his-sacking-was-correct/ Thoughts on the global game, usually from a tactical view. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:48:14 +0000 hourly 1 By: Chris Delderfield /2013/05/14/an-in-depth-look-back-at-roberto-mancinis-reign-as-manchester-city-manager-where-it-went-right-where-it-went-wrong-why-his-sacking-was-correct/comment-page-1/#comment-783 Wed, 15 May 2013 16:11:03 +0000 /?p=524#comment-783 Excellent piece KJ

By: Rob /2013/05/14/an-in-depth-look-back-at-roberto-mancinis-reign-as-manchester-city-manager-where-it-went-right-where-it-went-wrong-why-his-sacking-was-correct/comment-page-1/#comment-779 Tue, 14 May 2013 23:04:55 +0000 /?p=524#comment-779 Samir Nasri was never good as a CAM at Arsenal. His bright spell had him playing wide, and he nearly always played wide except for a few games out of desperation when Cesc was injured, but he would needlessly slow the tempo down and our game always suffered when he was played there. Great piece though.

By: cwell /2013/05/14/an-in-depth-look-back-at-roberto-mancinis-reign-as-manchester-city-manager-where-it-went-right-where-it-went-wrong-why-his-sacking-was-correct/comment-page-1/#comment-778 Tue, 14 May 2013 20:31:14 +0000 /?p=524#comment-778 If nothing else, Begirustain and Soriano bring a pair of names that rank right up there with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern!

Few managers can instill the fear and/or love necessary to motivate highly paid and relatively uneducated players to perform at a high level over a ten-month, 40+game season. I think that at some point Mancini just grew bored with the whole exercise. The thrill was gone, as B.B. King might say.

I admired the way Mancini handled the pressers well. The day he showed up wearing a David Platt mask was priceless.

Winning the Championship was great for the sport and for Manchester. All credit to him for that.

By: Scott Bennett /2013/05/14/an-in-depth-look-back-at-roberto-mancinis-reign-as-manchester-city-manager-where-it-went-right-where-it-went-wrong-why-his-sacking-was-correct/comment-page-1/#comment-777 Tue, 14 May 2013 17:38:49 +0000 /?p=524#comment-777 Mancini painted himself into a classic corner with his Tevez ultimatum. As soon as he went back on his word, he was toast in the room. It became about damage limitation. For the rest of last year, there was enough in front of the players to keep them coursing forward. but when this season started, the impetus wasn’t there. Add to that the pressures of repeating and it was bad news.

As far as Balotelli goes, I’m not sure if anyone can separate the player from the boy just yet, especially a boy abroad. That was always an uphill battle and the likeliness of it ending well for anybody, not just Mancini, was slim.

Big failures in Europe? Nothing but a nail in the coffin when your owners know little about football or team building, but do know that the league title isn’t the “big one” they expected.

In the end, the biggest baffler about this isn’t the firing, it’s how the owners were ready to fire him last year, then turned around and gave him one of the most secure, lucrative manager’s contracts ever only weeks later. How do you go from “we want you out yesterday” to “we want you for 5 more years at top-top dollar”?

More proof that God himself would have trouble in that cluster-eff of a situation.


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