Frustrated Blues manager uses Blue language
If you’re easily offended by heavily-asterisked swear-words – or indeed, anything that Roberto Mancini has to say for himself these days – you’re best advised to click away from this page.
February 22nd, 2013
Still here? Excellent. Couldn’t resist the gossip, could you?
For Greater Manchester’s journalists it turns out that asking Mancini the same old questions week in and week out, regarding unconfirmed rumours and speculation that the Man City manager’s days are numbered can grow a bit tiresome. Even his side’s handy demolition job of three-time giant-killers Leeds in the FA Cup at the weekend was not enough to stem the tide of accusation aimed at him either side of the cup tie.
So when yet another name came up during today’s press conference ahead of Sunday’s crucial match against Chelsea – that of Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini – as a potential replacement for Mancini, the wily Italian belied his cool exterior with a tongue-in-cheek shrug of exasperation.
“F**king hell,” he sighed, before continuing. “I cannot continue to answer about this every week.”
“We have another two months. In two months you will know if this can happen but I can’t continue with this.
“This is normal for you, it’s your job, don’t worry, but I can’t continue to answer each week about one [replacement manager] or another or another.
“But also because I don’t understand this – why would Manchester City change their manager? For what reasons?”
With a potential fifteen-point gap between City and league leaders Manchester United opening up – the Reds play the day before against bottom side QPR – Mancini would much rather let the results speak for themselves – at least, he would, if such justification for huge spending with comparatively little success could be so easily expressed.