Mancini had the sack coming, says Man City defender Clichy

Gael Clichy believes Roberto Mancini is in no position to complain about being sacked by Manchester City, the Daily Mirror has reported, after City ended the season without a trophy, missing out in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Mancini was sacked a year to the day after taking City to their first title win in more than 40 years the season before, removed by the City hierarchy after giving up the crown to Manchester United with barely a fight and failing to win a game in the Champions League, finishing bottom of the group and missing out on the compensation of a Europa League place in the process. City did reach the final of the FA Cup but were beaten by Wigan Athletic, who soon after were relegated from the top flight.

Clichy feels that while the players may be the ones on the pitch – and admits they did not always perform to their best – it is the manager who has to take responsibility for results, claiming that Mancini got the credit when things went well so he takes the blame when the opposite is the case.

We have to take responsibility for this season and yes, probably, it’s because of the manager that we haven’t won anything – because he’s the man in charge, Clichy said. “

Of course, when results are good it’s all down to the manager. When the results are not so good, it’s also down to him.

We have to be aware that he was probably at fault for this, but as players on the pitch we also have to take responsibility and also know that we didn’t perform. Whether we played three, four or six at the back. That doesn’t matter, you have to give 100 per cent and sometimes this season we didn’t give everything,” the former Arsenal player added.

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