Man City Shouldn't Lay Blame on Mancini

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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,...

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