RealClearSports
Advertisement

Man City Shouldn't Lay Blame on Mancini

AP Photo

If this was Roman Abramovich, we would know what was coming next. A blank year represents a bad year when Manchester City fully expected to start their dominance of the Premier League this season and in fairness it is not just the Chelsea owner whose patience would lapse. In Italy or Spain it would be just the same. Roberto Mancini would be toast.

This is how it works at the top end of football. It is not going to change, no matter how galling it can be sometimes, and Mancini is probably lucky Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan and his right-hand man, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, don't seem tied to the blame culture and zero-tolerance thinking that exist in so many other places. Sir Alex Ferguson, as a simple old Mr, finished 11th in his second full season at Manchester United,...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Soccer Player Out of Closet, Out of Job

Leander Schaerlaeckens, SB Nation - September 28, 2012

He tiptoes around the dark laminate floor barefoot. His boyfriend Romain and his best friend Steven are up front. The four others in his yoga class don’t know about the past he pushes out of his body with every ... more »

Adieu to Being Freddy Adu

John Smallwood, Philadelphia Daily News - September 28, 2012

WHERE EVER HE plays next season - whether he returns to the Union, a different Major League Soccer franchise or a second-tier team overseas - Freddy Adu ought to shorten his name to just "Fred Adu." After all, he's a... more »

France's Ode to Defeat

Sam Eifling, Deadspin - September 30, 2012

You've probably heard by now that France - a country that Lady Liberty would tell you knows from great statues - has unveiled one of the world's finest tributes to tantrums. The pair of 16-foot resin figures outside the Pompidou... more »

Sounders Fans Cast Vote of Confidence

Mary Pilon, New York Times - October 3, 2012

Amid the banners and braying at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Sounders’ stadium, some members of the fan group that calls itself Gorilla F.C. are wearing their gorilla-themed Uncle Sam T-shirts with an image of their... more »

Chelsea's Terry Gets Off Easily for Racial Abuse

Daniel Taylor, Guardian - September 28, 2012

The first thing that hits you between the eyes is that you don't get much for the odd bit of racial abuse, do you? Four games, to be precise. Just one more than the usual ban for a bad tackle and red card. Or, to put it another... more »