I found it very interesting to note that there wasn’t too much fuss or, indeed, controversy following the Roberto Mancini sacking as Manchester City boss early last week.
In fact, the bold Roberto never bothered too much about endearing himself to either his own fan base from the moment he arrived in Manchester or other highly played officials further afield.
In fact, stories are now emanating from inside Eastlands suggesting that the Italian had been both “arrogant and aloof” and actually trampled over people’s feelings during his short reign as team boss.
Of course, interested members of the general public have no way of knowing if such stories are true but, as far as I’m concerned, it was clearly his failure on the football front which eventually led to Mancini getting the sack.
There can be no doubt that he attracted and purchased some wonderful footballers but his team remains, in my mind, totally one dimensional and more and more opposing teams are quickly learning how to defend against the “Sky Blues.”
I also hold the view that Mancini introduced an Italian style of play to the team but he doesn’t place any priority on pace or power just technique.
I also believe that he failed miserably to galvanise his squad around a team work ethic and team spirit and that was clearly evidenced in the season just concluded.
Despite spending huge amounts of money when purchasing new playing staff who demanded sensational renumeration, I also don’t believe than Mancini had added strength in depth to the squad and I think that also cost them valuable points throughout the 2012/13 campaign.
And then there was his amazing handling of the highly controversial Mario Balotelli.
That was yet another disaster for the football club - not just from a Pubic Relations viewpoint, it also had a significant effect in the dressing room.
Then again, others will point to what he actually achieved in his three year sojourn in England.
To be fair in his first full season he won the FA Cup and secured Champions’ League football for the first time in the history of the cub.
He then won the Premiership in his second full season and in his third he again finished runners-up in the top flight and lost out in the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic.
However, it was in the high profile European competitions that Mancini failed to deliver and that was simply not acceptable to the powers that be at Manchester City.
All in all, the Italian did not prove to a total disaster but given the lack of interest in his eventual sacking, I don’t think there are too many Manchester City supporters who will be overly concerned about his departure.
But there’s no doubt, that his expected successor, Manuel Pellegrini will certainly be expected to succeed in the Champions’ League next season - a real test for the former Malaga boss.