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Manchester City to Review Mancini’s Position at End of Season; Mancini Says Too Many Teams Roll Over for United: The Nightly EPL

On the eve of the Manchester derby, The Guardian newspaper has published two very revealing articles about City. The first reveals that Manchester City will review Roberto Mancini’s position at the end of the season, and that sources are unable to confirm whether Mancini will be at the club.

In the second article, Mancini is quoted using Jedi mind tricks to try to outsmart Ferguson, improving the confidence of Mancini’s team as well as putting doubts in the minds of Ferguson and his footballers:

“No one plays well against United because they only play with fear. United are strong now because of their importance as a team, their importance as a club. Every team that plays against United plays very soft because they think the game is difficult, that they can’t beat them. It is not true.

“If they play strong against United, they can beat them like they can beat us. This is normal, this is football, because United have been a strong team for a long time. For the other teams they play against it is difficult. I’m not saying they don’t play 100% but their mentality is poor in that game. They think they can do nothing but … I don’t think that is true. If you play with a good mentality, in football you can beat every team.”

I’d be shocked if Mancini will still be at the Etihad Stadium this summer. Even if City wins the FA Cup, it won’t be enough to convince City’s owner to keep Mancini at the club. The way City is run, it’s a cold-hearted business that is focused on achieving success. Mancini has elevated the club, but it’s time for a new manager to step in to improve the team in Europe and the league.

What are your thoughts? Will Mancini’s mind-tricks work against United tomorrow? Who do you think will replace Mancini this summer? And what role, if any, will Jose Mourinho take?

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  1. Man City Fan

    April 8, 2013 at 7:24 am

    when he won english premier league every one praise him but after he get some trouble with matches in the season every one against . as city fan i will support him how he controlled the team well and managing it

  2. Dust

    April 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Mancini clearly isn’t talking about Spurs as we took 4 points away from Man Utd this season… the only team to do that this season…

  3. Mufc77

    April 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    120m pound for naming rights to the training ground is alright I guess.

  4. Mufc77

    April 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    The worst thing City could do is is replace Mancini. A new manager guarantees nothing in terms of success in the future especially when the club is still essentially laying the foundations for the future. He should be given another season to see if he can improve the team in the league and in Europe then make a decision on his future.

    A new manager means new ideas and possibly bringing in his own players which in return can take time for them to adjust to the the EPL. Not every player will settle as quickly as Aguero did.

    Who’s going to want the City job if its clear they must win the league to keep their job. The financial advantage and spending power city had the last couple of seasons is eroding quickly with FFP rules so that alone is not enough to entice top talent anymore. You only have look at last pre season and Mancini allegedly being told he needs to sell some fringe players before bringing in new talent. It appear as though the new owners are at least trying to do the right thing and balance the books.

    As for Mourhino going to City he knows if he accepts that job he will never get the one job he is seemingly craves. I doubt he would even go back to Chelsea’s fir the same reason which is why the papers are talking about him “hanging out” at PSG until SAF retires.

    Best thing for city to do right now is let Mancini try and build on last years success then reevaluate at the end of 2014 after UTD easily win the league again.

    • Mufc77

      April 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Oh who am I kidding just sack the idiot and let everyone enjoy the circus that follows.

      • Charles Boyer

        April 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        That will be a three-ring circus as Chelsea, PSG and City all bid each other up for the services of Roberto Mourhino.

        • Charles Boyer

          April 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          Jose, not Roberto. Late on a Sunday night, the mind starts slipping…

  5. Frill Artist

    April 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    And that’s how the cookie crumbles…

  6. Charles Boyer

    April 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I think that Mancini’s “Jedi Mind Trick” is for his own team, not United’s players or coaches. The Red Devils know they are in for a tough match, and they also probably want to put an exclamation point upon their impending title at the expense of their neighbors from down inside the city proper.

    As for Mancini staying, I think at this point it’s probably best for all concerned to see him go. Roberto lifted City to a certain level, but it was ultimately at the expense of him alienating key members of his own team. A fresh face on the sidelines won’t have that problem.

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