With Wednesday night’s Manchester derby only days away, the last thing I wish to do is become embroiled in the vehemently denied but very obvious problems which exist at Eastlands. Despite that hesitancy however, a reported quote by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX cannot help but force one to sit up and take notice.
A clearly frustrated Mancini complained that “The tabloids rage against us because City are headed by an Italian. I’m sorry to say but the English are nationalists in football.” That statement cannot possibly mean anything else than that in his small mind, it all comes down to racism! That word ‘nationalists’ cannot possibly mean anything else. The man is sadly digging his own grave, not only in Manchester but in the whole of England. Sorry signor Mancini, you simply cannot blame your own failings on an imagined national racist mentality and get away with it.
Reports have been circulating for weeks that the former Inter coach is close to the sack after several alleged bust ups with members of his expensively assembled squad. The rumours reached new heights after City’s defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and the Europa League defeat at Lech Poznan in Poland on Thursday night.
City is still sitting fourth in the Premier League and Mancini is convinced that he deserves far more respect saying that “City are fourth in the standings and were in second place. The club has asked me to qualify for next season’s Champions League and we are going well for that.” He then asked “Why should I worry about being fired? This does not exist. The team are against me? Lies, all rubbish. There were hard discussions with some players, but the team follows me and the results are arriving.”
Do those words sound like the ones of a man who’s standing in the shadows of the gallows despite his defiance? It’s almost impossible to imagine anything else but the hangman’s noose will still be a few days away irrespective of his team’s result at West Brom on Sunday.
The execution will only take place if City suffer another defeat at the hands of Manchester United next Wednesday night. Unless Mancini can avoid what would be a disaster for him, and irrespective of the validity of his ‘English nationalists’ accusations, he will no longer have a future in the ‘racist’ Premier League.
Has the Premier League been racist toward Mancini?