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Now The Chief Disappoints



Another day, another City player in the news with an interview. This time, on loan Nedum Onuoha goes to the North East's Sunday Sun to talk Roberto Mancini...

23 year old Onuoha is well known around town as a big pal of the possessions flaunting Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland. In truth his comments go nowhere near those of the bitter anti-City tirade Ireland launched before he'd kicked a ball competitively at Villa.

But many City fans will groan audibly at the fact that Nedum, a well educated self confessed City fan has given more copy to hacks desperate for City to fail in our ambitions this season.

That he's chosen to follow Ireland and Craig Bellamy's route of talking about themselves rather than the club they are contracted to play for's aspirations is disappointing enough. But it's the fact that he has chosen to bandwaggon their suggestions that Roberto Mancini doesn't talk to all his players that will have many across Planet Blue shaking their heads today. Quite what he expects to gain from it is anybody's guess:

'I'm in the same boat as Craig Bellamy - he (Mancini) doesn't tend to speak to certain people...some people he speaks to, others he doesn't. That's nothing against the manager, it's just the way he is.'

But it will easily be interpretated as something against the manager won't it Chief?

Once again, we have what has become effectively another City fringe player attempting (inexplicably in Ned's case) to reveal what goes on behind closed doors.

Inexplicably, because with comments like that he's playing with fire. The talented MCFC Academy graduate still has the option of a big future ahead of him at City despite repeated injuries that saw him constantly fall back down the pecking order.

Yet Mancio has so far shown this summer that he is intent upon dealing with any open discontent from contracted players by ensuring they are shown the door. A policy backed up by City's powerful Football Administrator Brian Marwood in Monaco last week.

Let alone in any business, at any football club, in any country anywhere are there bosses who spend their days talking intently to every single player?

Ned's comments smack to a degree of naiivety but also a touch of bitterness because he must know that the anti-City hacks will drool over his statements in their efforts to destabilise a City juggernaut that has been gathering pace.

As for the rest of Ned's interview there's little else of note to report save to say that he now feels wanted etc but there's no talk of what he hopes he can achieve with Sunderland this season.

Onuoha will not face City today with Sunderland due to Premier League loan rules.

File under The Headshaker Ritual.





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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 29 2010

Time: 11:37AM

Your Comments

If so many players are saying it then maybe it is Mancini who is disappointing? I know there was no way he could keep all his players happy but for someone like Nedum to come out... must be something serious going on!
Vanilla Ice
For the record, Ireland, Nedum and Bellamy had drifted out of first team plans either through form or injury this year. All three have been shipped out and at different junctures stated that Mancini doesn't speak to them. Coincidence?
Johnny Baguette
Well they can hardly say that when they are still at the club. They had to leave to open their mouths. Why would 3 players come out and say it if it wasn't true? Would it surprise anyone if more players said the same?
Vanilla Ice
Bellamy gobbed off a week before going to Cardiff and was fined £160, 000, mate. These players make themselves look unbelievably spoilt, and it isn't exclusive to City. My own boss is alright but we don't speak every day!
Johnny Baguette
Other players have complimentary things to say about Mancini. Probably a mentality thing of being used to the "arm around shoulder Gaffer" manager. Mancini is very professional and very disciplined, and honestly I'd rather have him in charge with his mentality than someone like Ian Holloway or Steve Bruce.
StuMCFC
I wonder what Tony Pulis is like this week?
Johnny Baguette
And if you look at photos of City training each day, half the players are smiling and look happy. There appears to be plenty of togetherness and it has started to show on the pitch, with players fighting for each other - this wasn't there in the recent past.
StuMCFC
Why do fans always have to defend their club even when it is un-defendable! He obviously threats players different, which is wrong. None of the players complained about wages so your arguement about being "spoilt" is ridiculous. The least the players should expect is from the manager is to communicate with them. I'm sure he does with some but it is has become obvious this month that he doesn't communicate with others. I'm not saying he's a bad manager and it's not a dig at City!
Vanilla Ice
Well, I suppose it boils down to the comments of three departed players versus the comments of the manager in the article below this one!
Johnny Baguette
Ye I suppose we'll never know... unless we get signed by City... which could be a possibility :)
Vanilla Ice
"Why do fans always have to defend their club even when it is un-defendable." And how exactly is it undefendable Vanilla? That's a ridiculous statement. None of us are privvy to what goes on behind the scenes at any club. I've seen Mancini speaking to all three of these players from the sidelines, if he doesn't talk to them who gives them their instruction? I've seen Mancini shaking their hands and/or patting them on the back when they're being substituted, or shouting from the sidelines, is this not talking to them? Just because he is not the type to constantly reassure his players doesn't mean he doesn't communicate with them. I haven't spoken to my boss in four years(because he's a *****er), yet I still go into work everyday, get the head down and put in a shift, because it's what i'm getting PAID to do.
Bluedub
@ Bluedub - You not speaking to your boss is a bit different then a footballer not speaking to a manager. Obviously the players weren't saying he "never" spoke to them. He kinda has to in the example you gave but who knows what happens behind the scenes. It seems a little strange that 3 players would come out and say it, especially Nedum, because he could still have a future with City. I have to stress this again... I'M NOT HAVING A DIG AT CITY!
Vanilla Ice
You said the "club is un-defendable", that in my book is having a dig.
Bluedub
No, I said that you can't defend the club when a few players come out and say the same thing. They obviously feel like that. Never said the club is un-defendable! Obviously there are circumstances where you can defend the club and there are circumstances when you can't. Don't make me come out to Donaghmeade, ha!
Vanilla Ice
LOL. it seems the general public are more than willing to believe any negative press they hear on City, without any of us knowing the facts. If City fans don't defend their club, when they feel the criticism is unwarranted, then who will?
Bluedub
Ye I know I'm only ripping the *****. It's been kinda boring lately (since Willy left) so I'm trying to do him proud by causing a bit of friction, ha... Lets just say the gooners hate Vanilla Ice! I'm not rude tho and I do speak some sense but they just believe that THE WORLD IS AGAINST ARSENAL!
Vanilla Ice
The facts are that the players not in Mancini's plans are given less importance. On the one hand it's kind of rude and mean. On the other hand.... as they're leaving.... why bother giving them pre match pep talks.
maka4chelsea
Where ever is Willy anyways... I miss him terribly. Quite a jolly fellow he was. I would even go so far as to calling him a friend
maka4chelsea
Someone complained about him so he left Vital... leaving a space in my heart!
Vanilla Ice
I complained about willy. Also i think when 3 players come out and say this about your club there has to be some truth in it? Im not attacking you its just common sense really to believe it when there are more than 1 player saying the same thing. There are people who no what goes on inside the club and us fans wether it be villa, city or everton supporters do not really no what goes on. So i can see why you as city supporters are supporting your club but really we dont no what goes on in there and if players themselves are publicly sayin this there has to be some truth. It seems like theres some sour grapes from each of them but aswell some truth in it, they no more about what goes on at your club than you as supporters do so noone can really say its rubbish there talking can we.
P.Avfc
We didnt even need him and we get 3 points. Happy days.
safc6
He left Vital for good?
maka4chelsea
Lets hope so, All i did was complain about his idiotic posts. Dont think he was banned might just not want to come back on.
P.Avfc
A classic case of pots and kettles if ever there was one.
fifthcolumnblue
I guess that solves the Willy riddle!
Vanilla Ice
 

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