The Morning Blog: Missing The Trick
The hidden treasure
In a show of hugely ironic cruelty, Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City an exact year to the day the Italian led the club to its first Premier League title. On that occasion 12 months ago, Mancini was elated after Sergio Aguero’s last gasp stunner against QPR sealed a two-goal rally in stoppage time during the last match of the season. Yesterday, he was most likely feeling dejection after a second place finish in the league and FA Cup final loss earned him the axe. Perhaps the former Internazionale manager is sulking as we speak, or maybe the enormous 28m compensation he’ll receive as a settlement for leaving will be consolation enough.
Regardless of ridiculous payouts, though, the consensus amongst the media elite in England seems to be that Manuel Pellegrini will be making his way from Malaga to Manchester and take over at the Etihad Stadium. If that’s the case, then City will have gotten themselves, by all accounts, a great manager. In doing so, however, they might have equally missed out on a greater opportunity to appoint a better fit.