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The Roberto Mancini Factor

It was Late December and the crowd was becoming wary over our ever faltering stranglehold amongst the World's Elite. The campaign under Mark Hughes had started remarkably well and a title push wasn't out of the question.

However, seven successive draws and a leaky defence were not the foundations to build a team aiming for great success. I was a huge follower of Hughes and had great respect for his transfer policy and playing style. Despite his hard work and dedication towards Manchester City he was sacked, controversially, causing a major stir across Eastlands.

Step Up, Roberto Mancini. Thrown into the limelight, facing barrages of complicated and unethical questions, Mancini was thrown desperately into the deep end. A respected manager across Italy as well as a fantastic playing career, Mancini was next in line to take over.

With little time, Mancini had to transform this faltering side and keep it on course for future success. Potentially bold in his early statements about our progress, Mancini has never failed to do his utmost for the blues cause.

Mancini was appointed manager while we were still in the Christmas period. Fixtures were coming thick and fast, the African nations was approaching and the well-documented transfer window was just around the corner. Instant success was required from Mancini even though he was without any previous managerial experience in England, and was still struggling to speak fluent English himself.

Cue an astonishing turn-around. Home victories were duly expected and our away form again needed to improve drastically. Although the fixtures weren't the most challenging, the manager`s approach had instantly galvanised the squad. Successive League and Cup victories both at Eastlands and away from home helped Mancini on his way. The defence looked steady and we were attacking admirably.

Our first tough fixture was at Goodison Park. This is no easy away journey as most Premier League teams have found out this season. The defeat was shattering, we were poor and this was the first negative side we saw of Mancini. These poor results were becoming more frequent and the disappointing lacklustre football was evident. Mancini wasn't being helped by constant speculation over his contract and training ground bust-ups. Even winning wasn't satisfying the viewers due to the football we were becoming accustomed to.

This football has led to great debate amongst forums especially VMC.

Despite only completing just over 2 months of his contract the debate has sparked a difference in opinions.

Cityman51: The football is Negative, too many defensive midfielders, no cohesion defence, too many baffling substitutions, and the football is played at a snails pace with no width, the verdict is GO now.

STUMCFC: Mancini in. Tactics were spot on, the players didn't score.

I can fully understand both of these comments, but what is the correct outcome? A 4-2 drilling of Chelsea at the Bridge has done a lot to instill more confidence into Mancini. The club needs stability one way or another. We will not gain success by chopping and changing managers as well as the team. A settled team and manager now have the chance to end the season on a high. If the approach away from home is similar to yesterday and we attack with such venom and speed we have a fantastic chance of making the Champions League. Backing the team and manager will do wonders with our confidence.

But, everyone is entitled to their opinion. What's yours?

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Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 28 2010

Time: 6:21PM

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dnt get too excited boys. u were awful against chelsea. u were gifted 2 goals by hilario and co, that 3 was never a penalty and the forth against 9 men was bound to happen as chelsea were attacking still with nothing to lose as they had only 9 players and were 1-3 down. see how u do against the spurs....
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28/02/2010 18:57:00

mancini should take no credit for this victory as it was all down to pure chance
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28/02/2010 18:58:00

A unique viewpoint, black messi. So unique it's almosty utterly isolated across football today.
Johnny Baguette
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28/02/2010 19:02:00

black messi speaking total rubbish I see. We were awful yesterday yet did something that 14 teams had failed to do at Chelsea this season and what the last 38 teams in total had failed to do which was win at Stamford Bridge - You just can't work it out can you genius?
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28/02/2010 19:25:00

I thought you were great, and without Lennon, Defoe, King, Woodgate or Huddlestone...i fear for our upcoming encounter!
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28/02/2010 19:29:00

Black-messi I suggest you climb on board your flying saucer and get back to whatever planet you are from pretty sharpish, the atmosphere on earth has clearly messed with your head.
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28/02/2010 19:46:00

I understand Mancini. Your defense was leaking, he plugged the hole. And you have a lot of pace players in midfield/attack....your team is well suited for counter-attack. Just don't get too disappointed when it is harder to beat Bolton than Chelsea. Aston Villa is a even more counter-attackign side than yours, and they beat your red neighbours often, but fail to beat Fulham etc. I think Mancini will try to work our some more attack minded plays next season, as you have loads of quality players to suit that as well. IMO, you should hang on to him. Give him 2 full seasons, if he doesn't provide the goods by then, get someone else. Good luck for the fourth spot, if it isn't Spurs getting it, I wish you will. (Liverpool out of CL...haha.....Aston Villa think they are a bigger/better club than Spurs) Good luck!
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28/02/2010 20:03:00

black messi i will cut my comments about you very short - *********
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28/02/2010 21:23:00

You have to have more than luck to beat one of the Big Four on their own patch, especially Chelsea, anyone with a brain knows we were brilliant on Saturday
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28/02/2010 22:26:00

Didnt expect anything yesterday and to be fair early doors I thought the soak up pressure and counter was doomed to failure Obvious statement goals change games and perhaps this time we took our chances and turned the game giving us the confidence to be more in the face of Chelsea. Still gutted we didn't trounce Liverpool
taggarts nose
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28/02/2010 22:44:00

black-messi Click on my profile and send me an email, pleeease because we can exchange our addresses and pay visits. Don't make me angry you wouldn't like me when I'm angry. Honestly, you tube.
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01/03/2010 01:24:00

guys u didnt play well. im not trying to cause trouble with anyone. at half time before u got the lucky break i could see it being 3 or 4-0 chelsea. the games panned out very well in your favour. u got the break u needed just before half time which was ur only shot on target by the way other than an adam johnson free kick. in fairness second half you came out better but still not flowing in attack like u were under hughes. bellamy did great however u would be dissapointed if shay given let a goal in from that kind of angle. dont get me wrong im not sayin g u didnt deserve to win cos u clearly did im just saying u didnt play that well and ur win was more to do with chelsea being far from there best than man city being amazing. but still well done a good 3 points
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01/03/2010 10:00:00

It's been patronising to hear supporters of the Sky Four announcing that their side was "far from their best" and "were having an off day" when City have taken points off them this season. It might be worth the few Chelsea fans who have taken that line following losing twice to City to take a closer look at their own team before pointing out flaws in ours. For all their established superiority, Chelsea are becoming reviled throughout Europe for bullying referees over every decision. They are gaining the reputation of being an unsavoury, spoilt group both on and off the park. Their biggest flaw is that at the back they cannot handle pace. Terry looks to be a liability. Thank God Hughes was unable to sign him as the player used the situation to increase his wage instead.
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2010 11:55:00

i think more of city and the players more so did it for Bridgey!
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01/03/2010 15:53:00

Chelsea were caught sleeping sleeping too many times on the counter and schoolboy errors caused them two poor goals. But I won't complain, twas a GREAT weekend but I'm sure you'll go back to your dire ways as usual. I wouldn't read too much into this result if I were any of you!
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01/03/2010 16:22:00

And so a rag pops up. The jubilation with which you've greeted the trophy you never wanted speaks volumes. You'll be speaking from experience on schoolboy errors against City then?
Johnny Baguette
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01/03/2010 17:21:00

Good job your not any of us F U. I'd feel great shame if you was blue. Your comments/ articles are always spectacular =/. Last trophy you lot will be winning for many years.
Once A Blue
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02/03/2010 00:35:00


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