Manchester City: Balotelli or Mancini, Who Will Leave First?

S. GordonCorrespondent IIApril 2, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini speaks to Mario Balotelli as he heads for the dressing room after being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on November 27, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Well, we all know about the antics of Mario Balotelli and you would think his teammates would be used to it by now, but they apparently aren’t. Now things aren’t going City’s way and the players have started to turn against their star striker complaining about the Italian getting on their nerves.

There is rumoured to be a split in the Manchester City camp, which all boils down to Balotelli’s behaviour being readily accepted by Roberto Mancini.

The stars from the blue side of Manchester feel that Balotelli abides by a different set of rules to everyone else in the team which they rightfully think is unfair.

An unnamed club source had this to say about the situation:

"Mario is starting to get on some of the players' nerves. He can be a really great character but he seems to think he can live by a different set of rules, it isn't good for team spirit when he gets into that place where it really is all about him."

Now with City two points adrift from United, which could be five after the Red Devils take on Blackburn today, Mancini must be feeling the pressure.

He will certainly not be guaranteed his job come next season if he fails to bring in the Premier League trophy after City’s summer spending spree.

So I wonder who will be the first to leave City, Mancini or Balotelli. Even with the bad attitude of the young striker you have to think that he would have a host of suitors lined up to snap him up.

Mancini has a lot of experience and success as a manager and I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before he was offered another job if he was kicked out of City come the end of the season.