War at Man City: players have lost faith in Roberto Mancini
Squillionaires don’t take manager seriously
The Sun have decided to use Manchester City‘s loss to Wolves over the weekend as an opportunity to present commonly held belief as a “SunSport EXCLUSIVE!”, today reporting Roberto Mancini has lost the dressing room at Eastlands.
It appears the scarf-sporting Italian’s lack of control has played a big part in City players making the news for all the wrong reasons, with Gareth Barry, Joe Hart, Adam Johnson, Emmanuel Adebayor, Vincent Kompany, James Milner and Yaya Toure all variously being caught boozing, fighting on the pitch and scrapping in the tunnel in recent weeks.
‘Sources’ at the City of Manchester stadium revealed:
There is hardly a player in the dressing room who has any time for Mancini. The place is a complete mess. There are times when he tries to be a hard man but no one takes any notice.
Team spirit is falling apart because there is no respect for the manager and some players are even guessing when he could go. They don’t know who they want in, they just want Mancini out.
The players don’t like his confrontational style.
They’re also baffled by him tactically – for example, they couldn’t understand why he brought on defender Pablo Zabaleta for Emmanuel Adebayor instead of striker Jo at Wolves on Saturday.
Yaya Toure’s agent has also waded in, claiming his client is disappointed with the lack of ambition within the City squad:
Yaya thinks there are some players, perhaps mostly those who have been there for a long time, who think that fourth place is already a big position that it is good enough to ‘not lose’ rather than to always win.
(Regarding that last bit, how many senior Man City players can be classed as having been there ‘a long time’ – Micah Richards and, erm… Kelvin Etuhu?)
Anyway, despite only having been at the club for a season, Roberto Mancini appears to losing his grip. Is he a dead man walking?