Nasri sorry to see Mancini leave Man City but stops short of offering his sympathy

Samir Nasri has revealed he was sad to see Roberto Mancini sacked as Manchester City manager, the Daily Mail has reported, but the newspaper adds that the midfielder did not offer any sympathy towards his old boss, with none of the City players speaking kindly about the Italian.

Nasri was criticised by Mancini earlier in the season for a perceived lack of effort, one of a number of public spats between player and manager that marked City’s unhappy season. Not only did the Blues hand back the Premier League title to Manchester United, but they failed to win a game in the Champions League group stage and lost the FA Cup final to Championship-bound Wigan Athletic.

The Mail though claims it was the uneasy relationship between Mancini and the majority of the playing squad that caused the former Inter Coach’s downfall, with Nasri’s half-hearted support for Mancini emblematic of the problem.

Nasri said: “He brought me to Manchester City. I don’t want to speak about his departure because I don’t know the ins and outs of the story. I feel sad but I’m professional and I know how football works. I was at Marseille and had four coaches in four seasons. Changing coaches is nothing new.

Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini is widely expected to replace Mancini, with Brian Kidd currently in caretaker charge.

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