''I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MANCHESTER CITY SACKED ME'' ROBERTO MANCINI
Former Manchester City manager is in dark as to why he was sacked by the management at the Etihad Stadium. The Italian, who was sacked by the club
in May and has since been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, has suggested
his treatment was unfair after going beyond the expectations set out by
Mancini endured a mixed three and a
half years with the Manchester club, as he guided City to FA Cup glory
in 2011 - the club's first trophy in 35 years - before winning the
Premier League in 2012 to end City's 44 year wait for a league title.
But despite lavish spending on
stars such as Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, Mancini's side
failed to make an impact in Europe, failing to progress beyond the
Champions League group stage in both of the last two seasons
However, Mancini, in an interview with Corriere Dello Sport believes he was unfairly treated and deserved to be respected as his achievemnet speaks for itself.
'I think I deserved more respect for what I achieved at
City in three-and-a-half years. The club didn't win a title for 40
years. I won a Premier League, an FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the
worst season, I lost a final and finished second in the Premier League.
'I still do not know why City sacked
me. They demanded that I won the title within three years – I won it
within two years. I'm not angry with the owner Mansour and or the
chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. They are two great managers and I'll
always be grateful.'
However, Mancini spoke with rather
less enthusiasm about Ferran Soriano, claiming that his relationship
with the club's chief executive was non-existent.
In a scathing critique of the former
Barcelona general manager, Mancini said: 'Soriano?
For him I was too
big within the club. A manager in full control, loved by the fans still
today. He judged a person and a context without knowing anything about
the people he should have dealt with. I never thought of him as an
interesting person from a football perspective.
We never spoke the same
language. And I'm not talking about Italian, Spanish or English.
'His past at Barcelona? I think he
was coming from an airline. I've been in football since I was 13 and I
had never heard anything about Soriano. He arrived in England with his
manager role and I saw that he loves to speak, to get media exposure.'
Mancini, who was adored by City fans,
also revealed that he had already started to make plans for next season
- and he had identified Napoli's Edinson Cavani as the man to lead the
club's assault on the Premier League title.
Mancini said: 'When I was at City, I made Cavani as our absolute top target for this summer transfer window.'
City's interest in signing Uruguayan Cavani has since cooled, with Pellegrini less keen on the £54million rated frontman.