Roberto Mancini has been sacked by Manchester City after failing to achieve his targets this season.
Mancini’s time at City was successful, to an extent, despite a disappointing season this term.
Following his appointment in December 2009, Mancini turned to La Liga for the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva, and Serie A for Mario Balotelli in the summer for his bid to claim the Premier League title.
In May 2011, City’s 35-year wait for a trophy ended with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Wembley courtesy of a strike by Yaya Toure, 16 minutes from time. It would prove the start of an incredible journey.
In October 2011, City fans witnessed one of the greatest days in their club's history when Mancini’s troops hit United for six at Old Trafford thanks to two goals from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko and a goal each from Sergio Aguero and Silva to perhaps signal a new era of domination over their arch-rivals.
The momentum from that historic victory helped land City the Premier League trophy. An injury-time winner from Aguero ensured City’s wait for a league title was over after 44 years of anguish. Mancini was rewarded with a new contract in the summer.
Mancini’s time at City was not short of controversies.
The most high-profile encounter was with Carlos Tevez. The Argentine international refused to play as a substitute in City’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in September 2011. Tevez returned to the fold five months later despite Mancini claiming the ex-Manchester United player was “finished”.
Champions League failure has been an important factor in Mancini’s dismissal from the club. City failed to make it out of their group in the Champions League last season and failed again this season, failing to win a game in their six group matches. They managed to pick up three points to finish bottom of their group, missing out on a Europa League spot.
After City had secured their Premier League title, many believed they would dominate English football, but after a summer of failing to land any quality addition to the squad, Mancini’s side relinquished their title to rivals United, who sealed the league in April.
City’s last chance for silverware this season was in the FA Cup. Following a semi-final victory over Chelsea, City were rewarded with a seemingly easy cup final against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic - but a last-gasp Ben Watson header ensured the Latics secured a famous victory.
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