Manchester City: Was Roberto Mancini's sacking justified?

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Last season Manchester City won their first top division title in 44 years as Roberto Mancini led the Citizens to Premier League glory. 

However, after a failed attempt to defend their trophy this year, it begs the question was it the right decision to let Mancini go? And is the favourite Manuel Pellegrini the right way forward?

Mancini's record at City is not one to be ashamed to read if you are a City fan. Since taking charge in December 2009 Mancini has led City to three trophies in three years including the Premier League, FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. 

He also led the club to Champions League qualification for the first time in their history. Even with the enormity of money invested into the club this is a remarkable turnaround for a side who were at best a yo-yo club between the Championship and the top flight. His success rightfully earning Mancini a place in Manchester City folklore. As well as this the Italian created one of the strongest squads in recent memory bringing in the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to the Etihad.

So why on earth did he get the sack? It was in fact probably for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was the way they lost the title. 

The champions were far from the form they hit last season and with 37 games played the blue side of Manchester are 10 points behind their rivals and never seemed like they deserved the title in the first place. Secondly, City crashed out of Europe; yet again. 

They became the first ever British side to go an entire campaign without winning a game which is far from the expectations of the fans. Thirdly, they did not kick on from their success and sign decent players. 

The likes of Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia have been far, far from the mark this season. Finally, his man management has been poor. 

The Balotelli saga proved that when it came to the more unpredictable players Mancini could not handle it. Furthermore, his public criticisms of big players like Joe Hart and Samir Nasri did not do him any favours. If you consider these reasons then he justifiably had to go.

What of the man tipped to replace him; Manuel Pellegrini? Managing mainly Spanish sides, Pellegirni led Villarreal to some of the best times in the clubs history, even breaking up the big two Barcelona and Real Madrid by finishing second in 2007/08. 

He also won the Intertoto Cup with Villarreal. Villarreal's rise attracted Real Madrid's attention with the Chilean manager guiding them through the Galactico's era and achieving their highest ever points total of 95 but still finishing second.  

He was dismissed at the end of the season. He is now the manager of Malaga and he guided them to the Champions League quarter-final only to be knocked out by Borussia Dortmund.

That sounds all well and good but the problem is that there is only one European honour. That being a competition for those unable to qualify for the two normal European competitions which is now no longer played for. He is not the man for City. The club demands honours and a manager who is a winner and unfortunately Pellegrini is not that man.


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