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Mancio Wades Into England's Barrel Scraping Hacks

City boss Roberto Mancini has followed reasserting his authority with a squad meeting this week in slating English hacks operating with unanimity against The Blues...

The dapper City gaffer spoke to Italy's leading newswire The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata of his disbelief and frustration at the almost daily anti-City propaganda that Planet Blue is repeatedly fending off. City are currently fourth in the Premier League but numerous pundits have been clamouring for a Mancini sacking and City implosion:

'Manchester City have been criticised for many reasons. I am Italian and this can open me up to controversy, but we are calm and relaxed. We haven't been working together long and if the season ended now, I'd be very happy. We are fighting for the Champions League and not only that...the English newspapers will do anything to sell more copies, even resorting to fantasy and inventing stories.'

Some of the articles have beggared belief and have gone up a gear since City lost two consecutive league games, yet Mancio remains steadfast in his belief that he can change the club's mentality:

' day I will return home to Italy...but right now I have to work with City, a great club with extraordinary potential. Now is the time to do the dirty work of changing their mentality and constructing a great squad. It's a tiring process and I want to do it well.'

This correspondent believes that it won't do Manchester City any harm to stand by Mancini and rid ourselves of the hire them, fire them culture that has engulfed our club for many, many years.

Should a slowly gelling City squad and supporters come out of the latest tidal wave of derision with a siege mentality forged, then this episode in this campaign's history may yet be looked back upon as the catalyst that spurred us all on.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 3 2010

Time: 8:08PM

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Good to hear Mancini saying this, although it will have no effect on the media's agenda, in fact it will probably make it more intense. Very well said JB, we must not buy into any of the media's bull *****, get behind the club, the manager and the players, who with our support are more than capable of securing a Champions League place.
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03/11/2010 21:05:00

Unfortunately for us, the majority of football fans are sheeple - and City fans are just as culpable as any others. I really do hope that people will calm down and realise that we are a long way off being the finished article, but will never get there if we keep getting rid of managers every few seasons. I like Mancini and think he has the class and skills to take us to the very top, it's down to us the fans to remain patient while he tries to mould a group of talented players into a team - with or without the constant stream of sheite poured onto us from the media.
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03/11/2010 21:16:00

The media are parasites who are working overtime and trying *everything* to destabilize our club and help us fail. The best thing for Mancini to do is to create an us vs. them siege mentality in the dressing room so that the players feed over these Fleet Street nancy boys who steal a living, taking digs at the club.
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03/11/2010 21:56:00

You wanted to be big time boys - now you are. The bad press and media agenda is just a symptom. Deal with it - we have.
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03/11/2010 23:57:00

Not a quarter of the way through the season yet - even the 'hacks', at the start of the season, said it would take time for us to gel as a team.
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04/11/2010 02:15:00

OLASAL, no club is slandered and attacked more than City. Even Chelsea, when they got the money, were, not the subject of a media smear campaign this vicious and thorough. Nearly every single one of our players has been singled out by the media and attacked at some point, not to mention the backroom staff (the "Sheikh Mansour looks like a serial killer" one being perhaps the most offensive).
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04/11/2010 07:57:00

Stay calm lads. We will get there.
Sheikh Mansour
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