Mancini is the man for City

by Michael Wade

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Roughly a month ago after handing Chelsea their first defeat of the season Manchester City were heralded as being on the verge of global domination by a hysterical tabloid press.

Having now lost two games in a row, with the latest defeat coming against a struggling Wolves side Roberto Mancini’s reign is being questioned with the News of the World calling them a club in crisis.

The Italian doesn’t have a grip on the dressing room, the players have no respect for him, his negative tactics are backfiring and he is at war with star man Carlos Tevez are some of the accusations levelled at him by others.

As usual the truth is somewhere in the middle, City are not set to prise the title from Chelsea’s grasp just yet, but neither are they about to plummet into the abyss after two bad results.

The defeat to Wolves coincided with the absence of two of their best performers this season, Tevez and Nigel de Jong (rather shockingly, City have not won a league game without Tevez since January 2010), while the 3-0 loss to Arsenal a week earlier hinged on the early sending off of a central defender Dedryck Boyata. Both, it could be argued, were coincidental defeats rather than the fault of inept management.

What the dual losses should have done is exposed City staff, players, fans and general media to the fact that their time as challengers has not yet come and focussed them on the job in hand of cementing a place among next season’s European elite from where the building blocks to a title winning will materialise faster.

As a team City are still very much a work in progress and in the midst of development. A glance across to Old Trafford illustrates the time it takes to create a dynasty and the importance of team-spirit and togetherness but these attributes aren’t available for purchase like multi-million pound footballers. They take time to grow organically.

Much like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Mancini is trying to employ philosophies and tactical flexibility to a team that will reap rewards in the long-term. The Italian has come under scrutiny for his criticism of some of his players drinking habits but he is simply imposing his authority on the team, something Ferguson is lauded for.

A ‘hire ‘em fire ‘em’ tendency is proven to not be the answer to success, nor does it seem like the route Sheikh Mansour is likely to take with City unless he wishes to evade the trophies his side are capable of winning.

Throwing money at a situation may solve it eventually but with the arrival of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations next season limiting a club’s losses to £39m this is no longer a viable option.

With a playing staff that cost upwards of £200m on the pitch at any given time they will always be ripe for derision and scrutiny but it is important to remember Mancini has experience of winning trophies. He has won nine trophies in nine years as a manager including three league titles, it will be a shame if he isn’t given the time to add to them in England.

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  • Danny Goodwin

    The worry has to be what if Sheikh Mansour gets fed up, if Man City win nothing, and pulls out of the club.

    What would happen to ‘Citeh’ then?

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