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The Debate: Should Manchester City sack Roberto Mancini?

The Italian's future at the Etihad looks uncertain amid talk Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up to replace him


by The Independent on May 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Manchester City are widely expected to dispense with manager Roberto Mancini - possibly inside the next 48 hours.

With Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini reportedly lined up to replace him, we want to hear what you think.

Does Mancini deserve to be sacked? Is Pellegrini the best man for the job? Who else could lead City's star-studded but under-performing side? Let us know your thoughts by using the 'Make a comment' button below and we'll publish the best ones.

You can also TAKE PART IN OUR POLL on the future of Mancini - to do that, click here.

  • Manchester City are widely expected to dispense with manager Roberto Mancini - possibly inside the next 48 hours. With Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini reportedly lined up to replace him, we want to hear what you think.
    5/13/2013 2:13:29 PM
  • 5/13/2013 2:14:03 PM
  • 5/13/2013 2:15:14 PM
  • Sam Wallace says the rising expectations of a perfectionist manager was a recipe for trouble at Manchester City...

    Mancini has never held back when it comes to what he sees as the failings of those in his own club. As his club’s title defence has collapsed this season he has picked out Samir Nasri as culpable, and he has turned on the club for their failure to make bigger, bolder, earlier signings in the summer. He has pointedly said that Txiki Begiristain, the technical director, and chief executive Ferran Soriano, were not above him in the club’s structure.



    To read the full article, click here.
    5/13/2013 2:23:22 PM
  • The expected sacking of Mancini has been put down to a few different reasons...

    Mancini’s latest barbed attack on his club’s communications department, for not quashing stories that Chilean Manuel Pellegrini will succeed him, have contributed to the feeling at the highest levels of the club that his relationships with executives and players are not conducive to him taking the team to new levels.


    To read the full story, click here.
    5/13/2013 2:26:18 PM
  • A selection of views on Twitter...






    5/13/2013 2:29:14 PM
  • For all the talk, Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has denied having an agreement in place to become the next manager of Manchester City...

    I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City, I haven't signed any agreement with anybody.


    To read the full story, click here.
    5/13/2013 2:31:02 PM
  • Who is Pellegrini?

    He has never won a major trophy but is still seen by many as one of game's top coaches. The Independent's Pete Jenson provides the lowdown on why Manchester City want to appoint the Malaga coach...

    It is a measure of how highly Manuel Pellegrini is regarded in Spain that after moving to Real Madrid in 2009, failing to win a trophy with the most expensively assembled squad in La Liga's history, and being sacked at the end of his first season, he managed to emerge with his reputation not just intact but, in the eyes of many, enhanced.


    To read the full story, click here.
    5/13/2013 2:33:18 PM
  • If you weren't sure what Pellegrini looked like - now you do.

    5/13/2013 2:33:32 PM
  • Thanks for all your votes so far...

    • A massive 84 per cent of you think Manchester City would be wrong to fire Mancini

    That could still change though - the poll remains open. To take part, CLICK HERE.
    5/13/2013 4:18:47 PM
  • Mancini has been sacked exactly the way Mark Hughes was sacked. Mancini was being in talks to take the job at MC when Hughes knew nothing about the fact that he was going to be sacked.
    5/13/2013 4:46:47 PM
  • If the owners sack Mancini, having undermined him on the day of the FA Cup Final, then, in the immortal words of Brian Clough, they will be a "Bloody Disgrace". I have supported the team since I was a child, for over 50 years, but I shall be one no more.
    5/13/2013 5:09:18 PM
  • The silence from Manchester City today will have been deafening for Roberto Mancini - yet still no official announcement on the Italian's future.

    We've been asking you to vote - here's how things shake up so far...

    Fire him! - This season's been nowhere near good enough - 10 per cent
    Reluctantly yes - Despite winning trophies before, he's not the best man to take City forward - 14 per cent
    No, he needs more time - Give him a chance to turn things around - 39 per cent
    Definitely not - He is the best man for City, now and going forward - 36 per cent

    The POLL REMAINS OPEN. To take part, just click here.

    5/13/2013 5:12:36 PM
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