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David Platt squashes rumors of Roberto Mancini getting the axe

Mar 18, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

Manchester City's manager Mancini listens to questions during a news conference at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester Reuters

Following Saturday’s 2-0 shellacking at the hands of 10 man Everton, the talk at Manchester City has turned to the future of Roberto Mancini. According to first-team coach David Platt, despite a rash of poor results the Italian gaffer maintains the backing of the club’s owners and fans.

“There is an appreciation of Roberto from the supporters and the owners,” said Platt. “All I know is that during [Mancini’s] career he has won things. That is what his focus, desire and intensity is about. He won’t want stop wanting to win things. He will regroup from this and by the time we play Newcastle he will have 100% focus.”

Since arriving at City in 2009-10, Mancini raised the FA Cup in 2010-11 and won the league in 2011-12. This season a lack of consistency has seen the club crash out of Europe and (effectively) the title race. But for now, all is not lost. The club still sits 2nd in the table, four points clear of 3rd place Chelsea, and will face the winner of Manchester United verses Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.

Let’s not kid ourselves – City’s accomplishments over the last few years have less to do with Mancini’s managerial prowess and more to do with money. When the Abu Dhabi United Group made City the richest club in the world, anything and everything became possible.

Yet money is not everything in football. As the red side of Manchester can attest, consistency is a key component to any winning club. And one of the best ways to achieve consistency is to keep a manager in place for an extended period of time. In doing so, a club ensures that it is run by the owner and manager, rather than the players. This, of course, is the downfall of Chelsea, a club with billions of dollars but a nerve-wracking environment dominated by fear and insecurity.

Regardless of how the club fares in the FA Cup or whether it maintains 2nd place in the league, axing Roberto Mancini would be an incredibly daft move straight out of the Roman Abramovich School of Mercenary Arts.

  1. carefreejt - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    downfall of chelsea?

    while stability seems more ideal…the full trophy cabinet at Stamford Bridge seems to say is not mandatory.

    having an off year and yet 3rd in the legue..semis in capital one cup, quarters in FA cup and europa.

    last years CL and FA cup champions.


    • jessedinner - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      It certainly has been the downfall of Chelsea for the time being. Considering there amount of money spend they should be contenders every single year. The exact reason for their issues is the managerial mess.

      At the same time if City could get one of the best coaches out there such I would make a move away from Mancini.

      • pijou - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Agree on the Chelsea comments. Their only big trophy last year emanates from the fact that they mastered “Anti-football” demolishing the moniker of the “beautiful game” in their turnout against Barcelona in last seasons UCL semis. That horrible game, and BM’s yellow card problem was the only way they managed to sneak into UCL this year … which saw them bounced out of a relatively easy group stage.

        The only compliment I give Chelsea is that they have incredible depth. Thus allowing them to win the Capital One Cup. Which leads to my next comment … who won that 2 years ago? Lord knows I cannot remember, and that is the emphasis I place on it …

        And it will interesting to see how Abromovich’s wallet starts to work when “financial” fair play comes into balance.

        Man City will not repeat the idiocy of Chelsea in firing a coach 9 months after providing valuable silverware.

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