Will Roberto Mancini deliver?

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Roberto Mancini was unveiled as the new Manchester City’s new boss on Monday, replacing the the rather unfortunate Mark Hughes.

“At this moment my target is the top four,” said Mancini. “Next season we want to win the Premier League.”
“I hope to stay here for many years and win many trophies. City has great fans I hope we do a good job for them.”

Mancini controversially replaced Mark Hughes on Saturday before the Sunderland game, which City won 4-3. Many have questioned why the boards decision to sack Hughes was made after the Sunderland match.

Hughes was well on course to meet the owners targets, lying sixth in the Premier League having lost just 2 top flight games all season. He also guided them to their first semi final in 26 years.

Mancini believes he is the man to turn City into a champions League side as well as challenging for the Premier League title. A view shared by the Special One Jose Mourhino himself.

The Italian wants unsettled Brazilian star Robinho to be part of his vision and sees the forward as an integral part of his 2 year plan.

“Robinho is a fantastic player but for a big player like him, it is important to make the history of a club,” stated Mancini. “I played at Sampdoria for 15 years. I wrote the history. It is important. Robinho can do that here.”

So what are Manicini’s credentials?

Coppa Italia: 2000–01

Coppa Italia: 2003–04

Inter Milan
Serie A: 2005–06; 2006–07; 2007–08
Coppa Italia: 2004–05; 2005–06

His record speaks for itself, although guiding Manchester City to their first league title since 1968 will be an amazing achievement, considering only 4 teams have actually won the Premier League since it started in 1992.

So will Mancini be a success at Man City or is this just another dramatic episode in the Eastlands soap Oprea?

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