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Manciogate: The Axe Finally Falls

A grisly and unedifying 72 hours has culminated tonight in Manchester City Football Club announcing that Roberto Mancini, the club's most successful manager in decades has been fired...


'It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City Manager.
This has been a difficult decision for the owner, Chairman and Board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the Football Club.

Despite everyone's best efforts, the Club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season`s UEFA Champions League. This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the Club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "Roberto's record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the Board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years. He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the Club`s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012. I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.

Assistant Manager Brian Kidd will take interim responsibility for the remaining two games of the season and the post-season tour to the United States.'

The disastrously unhelpful story originating on FA Cup Final eve that City were in advanced talks with Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini appears to hold water. It could well be that the City hierarchy were planning to remove Mancio after the final game of the season or the ludicrously timed money spinning USA tournament with Chelsea. That plan appears to have been hurriedly brought forward as the anti-City brigade vultures who have pursued the beleaguered now erstwhile City boss for years circled with renewed intensity.

The silence from the club has been deafening over a long 48 hours and at least Mancini will now be spared the indignity of a touchline humiliation at Reading. Mancio wears his heart on his sleeve alongside his club scarf and this could have been horrible to witness.

As Planet Blue continues to survey the wreckage of the past season and take in the past weekend's events, whatever anybody associated with the club says, commitments to management stability and perseverance have gone out of the window, regardless of the tough Italian's heavily scrutinised faults in fusing a superstar team into champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson of Stretford stated last season that he wished Mancini was gone. Now he has his wish as City fans must prepare to watch a new management team start from scratch, potentially with no Premier League experience. This is how it feels to be Chelsea?

Ciao Mancio and thanks for taking us to the top.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 13 2013

Time: 10:33PM

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Well put JB. Thank you Roberto and good luck.
This is how it feels to be Chelsea? Wait until a club legend of yours who won you cups as a player gets fired 6 months after winning the Champions League and the Fa Cup as a manager for an absolute sack of shoite from Liverpool. In your case, it could be Ryan Giggs replacing one of your greats. Absolutely freaking horrible feeling.
His royal highness is most displeased, he requires his royal toys returned to the royal pram forthwith. Shut up peasants you have no say in this club, this is HIS club, if it wasn't for his royal highness there would be no money, no players, no title, no mancini in the 1st place. This is his royal highnesses circus and he runs it as he wishes, bring on the clowns! Get in line peasants his royal highness feels the royal anus needs another collective cleansing, that's it tongue out open wide, good! feel the royal effluence wash over you. Now sit down shut up and enjoy the royal hanging, make the children watch, this is how you treat a betrayer of the crown, someone who dares to lose the royally bought league title, a man who brought shame to the shire losing in joust to the lowly underdog pie eater. For shaaaaame.
And you Flump, wash your mouth out with soap, how dare you complain? Who are you to decide what the russian gangster does with his club? Without him you would be some bankrupt no mark mid table outfit in Fulham. He has bought you titles he has bought you Europe, he spent 50 million on a shopdummy in torres just for a laugh. He's bought you everything your glory hunting little mind could ever conceive of yet here you are, whining like a little johnny come lately b1+ch because boo hoo he sacked wobbie. Man the fv[k up and enjoy your gangsters paradise, so he likes to sack willy nilly turning you into a laughing stock, that's nothing to do with you, it's his club and he runs it as ruthlessly as he'd run any criminal enterprise. If you whine about his methods it stands to reason you can't possibly cheer the endless parade of silverware he's bought you with the blood money of the natural resources he gypsied away in the night from his people. So which is it? Thought so.
Niko mate, sorry but that's just pathetic. Your ignorance of what goes on day to day at City is screaming from your post.
And so the City haters join the fun. Well I would expect no less from shallow, limited individuals who clearly have too much time on their hands and so little self esteem that they spend their time on other club boards trashing the fans of other clubs. What does it feel like to be mean, spiteful and full of bile? There is NOTHING in this article which merits the sort of tripe written by nikolaijans. There is bound to be disappointment about the way in which the matter has been handled but I see nothing to generate the sort of gloating which has been displayed. Sad & pathetic really.
@Niko - I can sense your frustration of seeing other clubs getting rid of their managers while you're desperately awaiting the day Wenger gets the boot as well. It must be infuriating to see other clubs taking good resolutions for the future while you lot are behind Wigan in the number of trophies won in the last 8 years. You sack of shoite.
Having won you the FA cup and league title you're more or less back where you were a couple of years ago, This is how it feels to be Chelsea?, yeah, when Ranieri was sacked the new manager took us to the next level, no doubt your owners are hoping for the same. Correct decision if you put sentiments aside, maybe now you can compete in Europe.
ten men
mancini did great for man city, sad to see him leave. I'm sure man city will do fine with the new manager, the backbone of the team is strong. But mark hughes seems more similar to the ranieri situation don't you think?
Comparing Hughes to Ranieri is disrespectful to Ranieri :P. Hughes is one of the biggest charlatans in football.

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