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Khaldoon: Mancio Here For The Long Haul



City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has made it clear via an interview with th'official site that his appointment Roberto Mancini will remain The Blues manager for 'many years...'

The shrewd City main man was unequivocal in his support for the man he brought in last Christmas to replace the Thaksin Shinawatra appointed Mark Hughes.

Following City's home defeat to Spurs which ended the club's earlier than secheduled Champions League hopes, the team's seventh in the league this season, The City Chairman has continued to lead from the front:

'Roberto's going to do a wonderful job for us for many years. Roberto is our manager. He's done an excellent job coming in mid-season, organising the team. I'm very happy, and Sheikh Mansour's delighted with the way he's organised the team.

'We believe he is definitely the right manager for this club for many years. What he needs this summer is time to prepare and really organise ourselves. We know the areas that need to be improved within the club. A good pre-season followed with a good start to the season and I'm really excited for next year.

'It's been a wonderful season. We've gone a long way as a team and I feel very good about next year because we've crossed an important milestone as a club. Next year's going to be a very important year for us.

'Fifth is not where we would like but it's a major jump. It's a major achievement for this club to move from tenth to fifth place.'


As Mancio and The Citizens prepare to strengthen the squad, many hacks have declared that City will find it difficult to attract top signings. But the likes of Tevez and Adebayor joined a side with no European fixtures lined up. The City Chairman had this to say:

'Manchester City is now a real force to be reckoned with in this league and the acceleration of investment really has put us in this position maybe a year early. That gives us a much better position this summer to work from.'

VMC City Video Link: Chairman's Exclusive Interview

In other news, last night Carlos Tevez was named City's Etihad Player Of The Year following 29 goals in 39 City starts.








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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC News Desk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 7 2010

Time: 9:07AM

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Excellent news, now we can get on with improving the squad in the summer without all the bull***** from the newspapers to distract us. Onwards and upwards with Mancio!
fifthcolumnblue
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07/05/2010 10:44:00

If city couldnt get mourinho, van gaal or hiddink, then the sensible option is to keep mancini. City do need stability for the long term future. Im not suprised by khaldoon and sheikh mansour backing mancini, after all he is their choice as manager, mark hughes wasnt, he was inherited. I feel khaldoon and sheikh mansour are regreting not getting in their own manager last summer and not supporting mancini in the transfer window. Johnson is a marwood signing and viera came on loan, it appears mancini was told to work with what you have and we will review your position at the end of the season. His attempts to sign mariga and gago were all last minute, which shows a lack of thrust by the hierachy. Now it is clear to see that city have spent badly last summer, Adebayor, toure, bridge, cruz, lescot are all poor signings, everyone of them came with doubts and question marks of their playing abilities. The only class act we did sign - tevez, suprise, suprise shined like a beacon this year. So given the squad mancini has had to work with, and fighting against a good spurs team/squad (with 4top strikers, solid defence and dynamic/creative midfiled) city should have piped 4th, but hand on heart - spurs have much more quality. Im confident mancini will buy better than hughes and city will be pushing for beyond 4th place next year.
Super City Slicker
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07/05/2010 13:30:00

I've read where Bellamy gave a speech at the awards dinner last night that hinted at a goodbye. I'd be awfully upset if we lost him, as I feel he was as good as Tevez for us this year. I would really love for him to stay and eventually find his way into a coaching position. Also, I'm much more open to the possibility of recent signings i.e. Super City Slicker mentioned than Ireland, SWP, Onuoha, etc. One thing about Khaldoon's comments that struck me is his request for patience, that these things can't be done immediately although you'd like them to be, etc. I guess it means that they're willing to give Mancini the time they didn't give to Hughes.
Ahoyskin
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07/05/2010 13:40:00

Hughes wasn't the owners man and I think that went against him heavily in the final analysis.
Johnny Baguette
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07/05/2010 13:48:00

This is great news, REALLY GREAT! Mancinis been a bit hindered with some of Hughes signings throughout his tender, he tried desperately to sign Mariga his vision but never got him and it's patently obvious he doesn't rate/trust Ireland. He'll sort it out this summer and we'll not see so many defensive displays next season unless it makes sense to do so! Super City Slicker, I couldn't agree more except that i'm very happy with Mancini even if the others you mentioned were available.
RobsonGreensleeves
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07/05/2010 14:26:00

It is good news Robson, It gives RM the chance to concentrate on other things rather than whether he still has a job come the end of the match against West Ham.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2010 06:52:00

 

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