Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Silver Not Enough to Spare Axe ; Roberto Mancini Was Proud of His Record of City Success - but despite His Highs, the Lows Cost Him

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Silver Not Enough to Spare Axe ; Roberto Mancini Was Proud of His Record of City Success - but despite His Highs, the Lows Cost Him

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RIGHT until the very end, Roberto Mancini was vigorously defending his record in three-anda-half years in charge of City. In a small room in the bowels of Wembley late on Saturday night, Mancini, with his back literally against the wall, spelt out the reasons why he should remain in his job.

"We won one Premier League, we won one FA Cup, we won one Charity Shield," he said. "I am very proud of my job in three years, very proud."

For many, however, he didn't need to say anything.

He is the man who won City their first trophy in 35 years.

He won a first league championship for 44 years. He took down the crowing banner from Old Trafford. For many City fans, who have followed their team to the depths of the third tier of English football, he changed the mentality of the entire club.

Before Mancini, typical City were a team always on the verge of disaster, a club who could defy logic to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak said as much after celebrating the dramatic finale to last season's unlikely title charge.

"I don't think any league will be decided like that for many years to come," he said.

"Maybe some people imagined it was 'typical City'. We are not typical City. We have destroyed that thought. This is not a team that is going to lie down. Now we want to forget about 'typical City'.

"This club wants to win more than anything and will fight for that until the last kick of the game."

Success Khaldoon spoke again last night of Mancini's fine work at City. In a club statement he talked of Mancini's 'commitment', his 'hard work' and praised the way he had made good his promise to bring success and silverware to east Manchester.

This time, however, his quotes were included in a statement which ended Mancini's reign.

Like his opposite number at Old Trafford, Mancini leaves having overseen some of the most incredible highs City's fans are ever likely to experience.

Aided by Sheikh Mansour's billions, he attracted some of the best players in the world to the Etihad Stadium. Yaya Toure was signed from Barcelona, David Silva arrived from Valencia and Sergio Aguero joined from Atletico Madrid. …

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