It was good news for some and bad for others when Manchester City announced the termination of Roberto Mancini’s contract as the club manager, following a below-par season in the Premier League.
It was a hard pill for Mancini to swallow after his star-studded managerial career at Inter Milan.
What was the main reason for this performance slump? Why couldn’t the Inter hat-trick hero repeat his success at Manchester? Well, he definitely committed some grave errors in the game play and most notably in the transfer deals.
Let us look at a few of them:
The departure of Nigel de Jong:
The talismanic defensive-midfielder left Manchester City for AC Milan at the start of the season for a mere £3.5m. This has to be one of Mancini’s huge blunders which could have led to his sacking. De Jong was the pivot of the team that won the Premier League the previous season.
He led the team from the back, moving forward with the ball when required. He was used to the team and more importantly the team was used to him playing that role.
One cannot just say that his departure could have been easily stopped. But City could have tried better to hold on to his services.
The transfer window is vital for any team and the manager has to carefully assess the market to find the missing pieces in his team.
However, last summer his assessment went horribly wrong for City.
After the departure of De Jong, Mancini chose to replace his role with Javi Garcia, a young talented defensive-midfielder. He is a good player no doubt, but what was important to note was that he was young and unproven at the highest level, especially in the Premier League.
It was a gamble and Mancini paid the price.
The signing of Maicon from Inter Milan was not at all required as the team already had two established right backs namely Zabaleta and Richards.
Besides, he was sidelined for most part of the season due to injury. He was a disappointment in his first Premier League campaign.
The signings of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell did not prove to be hits as they lucidly showed their inexperience on the field.
Bad management when handling the press:
After a bad first half of the season, with poor displays in the Premier League and in the Champions League, Mancini totally lost his mind towards the end of his tenure. He went on to publicly criticise the staff which alienated the players as he was becoming less popular in the dressing room also. He made some really stupid angry comments on various aspects in press conferences.
He lost his composure often and was under pressure on a lot of occasions. Nevertheless, from a neutral point of view his City career was a success - but took a very quick slump.
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