Friday, 28 December 2012

Is Mancini the right man for City?

Right so lets dust these cobwebs off, following reports today that Mancini is not wanted at the club by his own players, is he the man for the job?
Now I have to admit I have a few problems with Mancini myself, so I wouldn't be surprised if the players have as well.
For me it started right at the beginning of the season, getting rid of Craig Bellamy was one of the most ridiculous decisions I have seen. He is one of our best players and for good reason, we all know what he is capable of and letting such a sought after player leave, I thought made us look arrogant. I'm not sure how Mancini justified spending so much money on new players whilst at the same time getting rid of one of the Premier Leagues most consistent players, but obviously he did. Oh and before anyone mentions the supposed rift between the two being the catalyst behind Bellamy's move, I am not taking that as a valid reason. Grown men should be able to sit down, talk it out and push it to one side. I honestly think once Mancini does not like someone then that's it and I don't like that attitude when it could cost us on the pitch.
The second player I wasn't impressed with being allowed to leave on loan is Nedum Onuoha, now while he isn't as influential as Bellamy, he is a player that I believe should be in our squad. When Nedum was allowed to leave I was quite surprised, you could see us being short in defence if we were to have an injury crisis, or you could also consider that the new defenders may not have adjusted to the Premier League. Well, the injury concern that I had has been proven correct because Mancini has had to play Dedryck Boyata. I am a massive Boyata fan so don't think I am criticising him, it's just that I don't think he is ready for starting Premier League games just yet. Mancini would certainly have been better off keeping Nedum in my opinion.
So two players have been allowed to leave that I think should have stayed but those disappointments ended up being really minor to me after seeing the way Mancini is setting the team up. One up front! That has really been annoying me, at times it has worked because Tevez is pulling it off but why should he have to keep putting in the work of two strikers considering the kind of quality that City have in the squad. It is really disappointing to see Tevez dropping off into midfield to collect the ball because he hasn't got a second striker to link up with, as well as that in the long run it will take its toll on Carlos and he will end up burnt out. Mancini needs to follow through on his comment about preferring two up top and do it a lot more often.

It isn't just the one up top thing that I have a problem with as far as the tactics are concerned, the midfield area is a sore point for me as is playing people out of position. At times we have Milner, De Jong, Barry and Toure on the same pitch, why? The latter three like to sit in the middle and are far too similar to have on the pitch at the same time, then you have Milner who goes forward but likes to get in the thick of the action in the middle of the park as well. It packs the midfield out far too much and if Mancini had the guts it would be Yaya Toure that would be long gone for me because he has been awful.

Leading on from that, Milner who I mentioned likes to go forward, really does just not on the left hand side by the looks of things. It is obvious he is far more comfortable on the right why can Mancini not see that, just like he can't see that Boateng has to keep coming on to his right foot whilst playing at left back.

There are other things I could mention but I won't otherwise I will be typing for a while, all I know is the problems we have when isolated are all quite minor in the grand scheme of things but collectively they are spoiling our performances and that includes when we win games.

I would probably not care to much if Mancini left City apart from the fact it would mean yet another managerial change. I do also have a little bit of faith in Roberto coming through and being a good manager but I stress only a little at this moment in time. I think we should give him his chance to get people back from injury so that he has a full team to choose from and if he still isn't doing the business when that happens, maybe then it should be time to worry about what should happen to him.

Is Mancini the right man in your opinion?

P.S. I'm sorry for blurting that out, I have been frustrated with City lately as well as itching to get my first post since returning out of the way.


  1. Why don't we just sack him?

    Seems to me this policy has worked perfectly well for the past 34 years.

    Whilst I'm at it, why aren't we letting the players rule the roost. Surely they should be? Right?

    After all, we are due a down period. Let some other team win something for once.

  2. I am not sure about Mancini either, but I'd hate to have change managers again so soon. Hopefully, we can start getting some better results.

  3. Don't sack him...back him

    Otherwise we just start again...and spend another fortune ridding Mancini's players

    If we are progressing after 3 yrs in charge then blog an article on amking a change

  4. Mancini is a proven winner so I say let him prove it, give him time he will do us proud!

  5. I totally agree with the first comment. Sacking Mancini would be the wrong thing to do. We simply must put our faith in him -- he is a proven winner. If some of the players aren't happy then tough luck; they should be transfer listed.

  6. Hi Gary n welcome back, fella.

    I agree with everything you said n feel the same... but... we can't sack him n start afresh cos we all know that's not the way.
    If they did, I wouldn't be arsed though, as the amount of times (already) he's really annoyed me with his team selection n tactics is getting beyond a joke. Three holding players should be one n Johnson should be the first name on the sheet (Grrr... that's me trying not to swear). Yaya is very poor. Milner has also been disappointing. The team chosen to play a tricky cup tie at West Brom was a giveaway. Given shouldn't be completely frozen out. Bellamy (GRRR...!) should still be here FF's sake! Who had his place... Santa Cruz? Well, that makes sense Mancini dunnit?! Jeez... I could go on... in fact, writing this I've changed my mind.... sack him. :)
    Ps. Change yer photo, bud.

  7. Ask me after the derby next week.

  8. 9th, 5th, 4th what's the problem.We were fighting relegation 3 years ago. Back him.

  9. TOTALLY agree regarding Bellamy, it is a fooking disgrace how he was elbowed out by Mancini. Replaced by big time charly Balotelli, NOT FOR ME MATE !
    Too negative in our play with 3 defensive midfielders and no attacking threat in games. Manicini can get to fook for me me

  10. This is a ridiculous article. Just over a week ago City were 2nd in the league, talks of putting pressure on Chelsea. And now 2 games later we are talking about sacking them. This is the problem with City supporters, you listen to the papers and start to panic. This has all been whipped up by the media, because we make an interesting story. All managers make mistakes, including Wenger, Ancelotti, and Red Nose.

    Shut and get behind our team. Stop thinking we should be grander than we are. Top 4 is our target, and top 4 is where are. Let's realistic....

  11. Agree with the Bellamy sentiments, why on earth would you let you best player go and replace with a dog turd like Balotelli. Also agree far too negative style of play peeing off the fans and no goal threat.
    Just read Gary Owen saying Mancini is a tactical genius, must be the drugs!
    Taxi for Mancini !

  12. I will pay the taxi fare myself, any room for lazyboyour & bridge ?

  13. The article was not wrote as a call for Mancini to be sacked, as you should be able to see. It is however highlighting what Mancini is doing wrong and giving people the chance to say what they think as we are entitled to do.

    You don't keep the pressure on teams like Chelsea playing the way we have in games this season either by the way, I can totally accept not being good enough and that top four is a good target for us, but not trying to be good enough I will not accept.