When Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City, exactly a year to the day he led the club to their first top-flight league title for 44 years, question marks were raised over his departure.

Had the hierarchy acted too hastily by sacking the Italian? Did Mancini deserve more respect after all he had achieved at the club? Or was the correct decision made in regards to City's long-term future? After all City fell well short of their targets in domestic and European competitions last season.

In hindsight the City board had no option but to part company with the enigmatic Italian after reports he had lost the dressing room, but City fans were far from happy at the departure of Mancini.

Mancini enjoyed a fabulous rapport with the City supporters, showing his appreciation for the support they showed towards him, by placing an advert in the Manchester Evening News.

Manuel Pellegrini was confirmed as Mancini's replacement in June, signing a three-year contract with the Citizens.

The 59-year-old Chilean came to the club with title-winning experience in Ecuador and Argentina, while also enjoying relative success in Spain, winning the Intertoto Cup with Villarreal in 2004 and leading Malaga to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2012.

But Pellegrini has wasted on time this summer in adding strength in depth to the squad that fell 11 points short of Manchester rivals Manchester United at the top of the league standings last term.

They have spent almost £90 million on the likes of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, with Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo both strong additions to their frontline after the departures of Mario Balotelli and more recently Carlos Tevez.

In my opinion City have by far the strongest squad in the Premier League and should at least be in the top two this season, otherwise the season will be deemed as a failure, especially considering the cash City have yet again spent.

If their performance against Newcastle in their opening Premier League game is anything to go by City fans have a lot to look forward to this season.

Despite Newcastle not being one of the top teams in the league, they have a established Premier League squad.

However, City simply destroyed them on Monday night and they will hope to continue this kind of form when they visit newly-promoted Cardiff City this weekend.

Under the guidance of Pellegrini City look a different team to last season, with fresh impetus and a team brimming with attacking prowess. 

Only time will tell if they can sustain a strong title challenge this season, but I for one believe they will and secure their second league title in three years, as a result knocking Manchester rivals United off their perch.

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