Ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini still does not understand why he was let go by the club, insisting he did more than enough to remain in charge.
The Italian was sacked in the middle of May after three and a half years in Manchester. The decision left Mancini baffled then and he remains mystified now the dust has settled.
The 48-year-old led City to their first FA Cup triumph in 42 years in 2011 before helping to deliver their first league title in 44 years the following season. He also won the Community Shield in 2012.
City reached the FA Cup final again last term but the build-up to the showpiece was overshadowed by talk of Mancini making way for Manuel Pellegrini. Mancini’s side lost against Wigan Athletic and the speculation proved correct as the manager was eventually replaced by Pellegrini.
While the Chilean prepares City for another tilt at the Premier League title in 2013-14, Mancini remains on the managerial scrapheap, a development that many fans who bet on football think is undeserved.
“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,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
“The club had not won a 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. The numbers are clear. This sacking still does not have a reason.”
City have wasted no time in rebuilding their squad, making a double swoop for Fernandinho and Jesus Navas early in the transfer window. They have also reportedly lined up Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo as a replacement for Carlos Tevez, who left for Juventus last month.
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