Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano says the club are now getting ready to start a ‘new cycle’ following the departure of manager Roberto Mancini.
Despite bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last May, the ambitious City board decided to sack the Italian earlier this month after his side failed to trouble local rivals United in the title race and lost the FA Cup final to relegated Wigan.
Despite his success at the club, it seemed that Mancini couldn’t go a week without his job coming into question following regular criticism of his tactics.
Although the 48-year-old almost always employed an attacking formation, his players often struggled to dominate games and the board made no secret of their desire to see their team crush lesser sides.
Both Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain have spent time at Barcelona and its thought they are now going to mimic the Catalans by introducing a uniform 4-3-3 through the club’s first team right through to their junior sides, to ensure a more fluid style of football.
Despite contributing to the decision to sack Mancini, the Spanish CEO has praised the coach’s impact at the club but believes it was the right time for the Citizens to move on.
“He did very good things for the club. He stayed there for three years, which is a lot of time. He brought the club to a winning club,” the Spaniard said to Premier League betting news reporters from Bet365. “Now we are just looking for the next step, the next cycle.
“We have a fantastic squad. We want to play better football and we want to continue winning. It is not that Mancini did anything wrong. We are just in another cycle, in another era.”
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