Roberto Mancini has spoken publically for the first time since he was sacked as Manchester City manager towards the end of last season, the
City had gone more than 40 years without winning the league title before Mancini oversaw the dramatic triumph of the 2011/12 season, when City clinched top spot on the final day of the campaign, ending level on points with Manchester United but overtaking their neighbours on goal difference.
But a failure to launch a spirited defence of the title last season, combined with another early exit from the Champions League and failure to lift a domestic cup – losing to relegated Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final – brought an end to Mancini’s time at the helm. Reports also suggested Mancini lost his job because of the number of public and private fallouts he was part of with other people at the club, including players.
Mancini declined to comment on such suggestions, instead saying: “Even now, almost two months later, I still do not understand why. It is still painful, I admit. I think I deserved more respect for what I had done for Manchester City.
“In three-and-a-half seasons with my staff, I believe I did an extraordinary job. The club had not won a league title for more than 40 years. I won a championship title, FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season, the last one, I lost a final and I came second in the league,” the former Inter boss continued.
“The numbers are clear. This sacking still does not have a reason. The Arab owners called me and said to me ‘in three years we want the title’, and I won it in the second year. And then I rebuilt a club that was not at the top level of football. Evidently, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak must have had in his head some situations that were not true.”
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