Soriano insits Man City had to begin new era without Mancini

Manchester City chief executive Ferrian Soriano has insisted it was time for the club to begin a new cycle, in an attempt to explain the decision to sack Roberto Mancini before the end of the Premier League season, Sky Sports has reported.

Mancini was dismissed a year to the day after winning the Premier League title, but near the climax of a season that saw City fail to make an adequate defence of their crown, lose out in the FA Cup to Wigan Athletic, who were later relegated, and exit the Champions League at the group stage without winning a game.

Manuel Pellegrini, the Malaga Coach who is leaving the club at the end of the season, is widely expected to take replace Mancini, ahead of what Soriano described to CNN as the start of a new era at the Etihad Stadium.

Soriano said: “[Mancini] did very good things for the club. He stayed there for three years, which is a lot of time. He brought the club to a winning club. Now we are just looking for the next step, the next cycle.

We have a fantastic squad. We want to play better football and we want to continue winning. It is not that Mancini did anything wrong. We are just in another cycle, in another era

Soriano, who, like a number of the City hierarchy, previously worked at Barcelona, continued: “We are looking to play very good football, very beautiful football. When we are playing good football, then we will win.

So it is not only about winning, it is developing football that is attractive and it will be played by our main teams, our first team in Manchester, our young teams in Manchester and also our teams in New York. We want to share the same football concepts across all our teams.

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