Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are responsible for Manchester City's underachievement

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When Manchester City won their first Premier League title in 2012, it was supposed to be the start of something special.

After spending several hundreds of millions finally winning the title was the least the owners deserved.

The owners demanded that the team play with style while also accumulating trophies home and abroad.


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Under Roberto Mancini the club won an FA Cup title and an English Premier League title. The team that won the title was a team shaped by the manager himself. The players signed were to his taste; physical and technical players.

These attributes ensured that becoming the top dogs in England was easier. But taking the next step in Europe proved a task too much to achieve as the clubs endured successive elimination at the group stage in the UEFA Champions League.

Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain

Conquering Europe was proving a hard nut to crack. The team could simply not transmit its local dominance unto the continent.

The club s hierarchy continued spending in order to achieve maximum success. However during Mancini’s final season the club brought in former Barcelona men Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain as the men who handled the team’s transfers as the owners tried to model the club on Barcelona.

The manager demanded signings like Robin van Persie and Eden Hazard; however, these players were not delivered to him. Instead the club had to make do with signings inferior signings while watching one of those players power bitter rivals to the title.

The season ended with a loss in the FA Cup against a Wigan team that had just been relegated from the Premier League. The English press called for Mancini's head and with pressure on the club directors he was sacked despite fans disapproval.

Not all the signings have worked out

Manuel Pellegrini was brought in after primary target Pep Guardiola rejected a move to the Ethiad Stadium; also signed were new players like Stefan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas.

The Chilean delivered the Premier League and the League Cup in his first season while also getting the team playing in a more exciting manner than predecessor Roberto Mancini.

However the following season showed the limitations that came with the signings the new directors have made since they had took over.

Majority of the players were squad players commanding starting shirts meaning instead of the team growing it was slowing down. This lead to massive pressure on key players like Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. Any injury to either of the duo and they team would fall into a crisis.

With over £200 million spent in transfer fees, players like Caballero, Jovetic, Fernando, Sagna and Bony have been transfer failures.

Jesus Navas has been a modest success while Alvaro Negredo was excellent before an injury and homesickness ensured that he only spent one season in England.

The expected signing Raheem Sterling should ensure that the team is renewed and more top class additions like Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne should follow. If not, then the owners would be smart in ensuring that changes are made in terms of those in charge of player recruitment.

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