Mancini feels City exit was harsh

Roberto Mancini has said during an interview that he feels his sacking by Manchester City was unjustified, the Corriere Dello Sport has reported, with the Italian also stating his desire to return to management in the foreseeable future.

City took the decision to remove Mancini after three and-a-half years in charge with two Premier League matches still to spare, having just lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic, which confirmed a season without silverware. Despite large sections of the Man City support being against the decision, it was taken by the club’s billionaire owners, with Malaga boss Manuel Pelligrini since taking his place.

Mancini stands as one of City’s most successful managers, after succeeding Mark Hughes in December 2009, he won the Premier League – for the first time in 44 years – and the Community Shield in 2012, and the FA Cup a year previously. And the 48-year-old has expressed his disappointment at being told to leave, declaring:

“I was disappointed. I felt I deserved more respect for what I had done at City. In three seasons and a half, with my staff, we did amazing things. The club hadn’t won the title in over 40 years.

‘I won the championship, an FA Cup, a Community Shield, and in the worst season, the last, I lost in the final and we finished second. The facts say it all. I still don’t see why I was sacked. Either way, I’m proud of my work there.”

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