To Sack A Manager

by Luke McGee

Monday, November 15th, 2010

There is a lot of pressure being placed on Manchester City to replace their manager Roberto Mancini, following two mind-numbingly dull no score draws at home last week. Sacking a manager should always be the last resort for any football club, whatever situation they happen to be in.

Replacing the man in charge with someone new to the club in the middle of a season doesn’t often have a positive influence on the team. Any Leicester fan would probably agree with this (17 managers in 10 years).

Of course, there have been occasions when a new manager has brought with them a new lease of life, which has followed the team out of the tunnel and onto the pitch.

The most recent example of this being Harry Redknapp taking over at Spurs, however, it’s worth remembering that at the time Tottenham were at the bottom of the table with a daunting task ahead of them.

Manchester City currently sit fourth in the Premier League, and to call their situation desperate would be preposterous under normal circumstances, considering what oblivion the club has come from. These aren’t normal circumstances though, and the time has come for very serious questions to be asked;

Has Mancini lost the dressing room? It certainly seems possible. Has he spent money on the right kinds of players? It’s hard to say right now, and as much as I didn’t want to join the “too many egos” bandwagon, the toys are starting to fly out of the pram and I suspect will continue to do so. Does the style of play reflect the money the club has spent? If I were a City fan, I probably wouldn’t be happy to see my team playing like this.

Under the circumstances Manchester City operate, you could continue asking questions like the above until the end of time and never really find a conclusive answer to any of them. However, the question we can all ask is happily one that can be answered with a degree of certainty; Is their current style of football going to start winning things for them? No.

You cannot build an entire attack around one player and expect to win the Premier League. You cannot regularly play three holding midfielders and expect to win the Premier League, and most importantly you cannot replace your lone striker with a defensively minded midfielder at home against Birmingham to hold onto a 0-0 draw and expect to win the Premier League.

It is for this reason that I am siding with the group of people who believe that Roberto is on borrowed time. When Chelsea first came into money they immediately started winning things. This justified both the utter crud they put on display every week and the insane sums of money that were flying around at the time.

Machester City on the other hand are spending more money, playing far more negative, risk free football and getting nowhere in the process.

Blackpool played City off the pitch and only lost because of some ropey decisions. Wolves totally out muscled and out classed City whilst Arsenal carved them open at will earlier in the season.

If you were and advisor to Sheikh Mansour, how long would you tolerate this dross before wanting to clear the air with a new manager?

Suggestions for new City boss to me please on twitter @monkeyhotel

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