Manager choice just a game for City

Wednesday 15th May 2013 8:39

Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak: City money men

Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak: City money men

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Blackburn FanZoner Roger White - who's familiar with foreign owners giving bosses the boot - considers Roberto Mancini's Manchester City exit.

As we enter the month of May, there are some things that you can always be certain of - two Bank Holidays, the Eurovision Song Contest and the managerial merry-go-round.

These past 24 hours have not let us down for the latter of the aforementioned May staples. Monday night saw Roberto Mancini relieved of his duties a year to the day since he delivered Sheikh Mansour the ultimate prize and etched Manchester City's name on the Premier League trophy. I know that these foreign owners have big bank balances and short memories, but surely this is a step too far?

The official line coming out of the club is that they are seeking a more "holistic" approach to proceedings and the targets outlined at the start of the season have not been met by the man affectionately known as Bobby Manc. With the decision that they have taken, I believe that they [the board] will alienate themselves from the supporters and leave the new manager with an even bigger mountain to climb to get the City faithful on board.

All of this smarts of the Chelsea situation last summer which saw Roberto Di Matteo sent packing after delivering an FA Cup and a Champions League title, against the will of the majority of the Shed End.

Mancini's name would regularly reverberate inside the four walls of the Etihad as the fans recognised the success he has brought to their club and I know a lot of them are less than impressed with board-level decisions made to remove him from his post.

They've not finished outside of the top three in the last three years and have also blown the dust off the trophy cabinet to make room for an FA Cup and a Premier League title. It's a darn sight better than Division Two at Maine Road and the fans know it.

As a Blackburn fan, I was more vocal than most about the style of football we played under Sam Allardyce, but I'd have him back in a heartbeat. What I'd give for mid-table obscurity in the Premier League as we enter the month of May with nothing to play for. West Ham fans... you don't know how good you've got it.

I'm not saying that Man City will endure the catastrophic capitulation that has befallen Blackburn, but I strongly urge Khaldoon Al Mubarak to be careful what he wishes for. Lest we not forget that last year, Manchester United finished second, crashed out of the FA Cup in the fourth round and failed to progress from a Champions League group that was infinitely easier than the semi-finalist filled Group of Death that Mancini's men had to deal with. On Monday, I watched that same team parade around Manchester city centre like demi-gods.

A lot can be said for consistency. I remember when Everton would regularly teeter on the brink of the Premier League trap door, whereas now they are a stalwart of the top half, just a couple of players shy of knocking on the door of Europe's elite club tournament. You'd be hard pushed to find a bad word said about their incumbent manager and the position he has taken them too before he makes the short journey down the M62 to take up office inside Old Trafford.

Whilst we're at it, let's take a trip to the Britannia and get the consensus on Tony Pulis. Sure, there'll be a couple of naysayers, but on the whole I bet Stoke are delighted to be going to Southampton on Sunday for a run about in the sunshine knowing that they'll be rubbing shoulders with the best of the best for the sixth successive season next year.

That said, I could be proved wrong. If the bookies are to be believed, Manuel Pellegrini will be instilled as the new man at the helm at City, they'll play beautiful football and win the lot. Simple. Or not. Someone needs to give the Sheikh a call and let him know that we're not playing Football Manager. It's not as simple as buying a club, writing the cheques and waiting for the silverware to roll in. It's just not that easy.

Perhaps this is all just a by-product of the increased revenue at stake. As the cash riches made available to the winners of Premier Leagues and Champions Leagues, maybe one season is all you get? Maybe they can't wait three years for it to all come good? Only time will tell if this decision proves to be a good one. May 13th is now circled in the diaries of all Man City fans. Let's see what 2014 brings...

By Roger White, FanZone's Blackburn Rovers blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @rogerwhite86 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!



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