Roberto Mancini: Why the Love All of a Sudden?

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IMay 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Manager Roberto Mancini of Manchester City looks dejected in defeat after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on May 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Many people are of the opinion there is not enough loyalty in football, but where Manchester City fans are concerned, there is way too much of it.

Over the last two weeks, it has been astonishing how bitterly opposed most Citizens appear to be at the long-overdue sacking of the underachieving Roberto Mancini.

One can only assume these fans don't want City to improve or challenge United on a consistent basis over the next decade and beyond.

These are the same followers who must be happy for the boys in blue to cause the occasional upset and challenge for the title every other leap year.

Please tell me someone is pleased Roberto Mancini has lost his job. 

This is not a complete Mancini-bashing piece; he did do some good things during his reign.

The way he dealt with the Carlos Tevez saga was masterful after he refused to come off the bench in a Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.

But that's where the love stops.

Without a shadow of a doubt, he should have won the last three EPL titles.

He was far too conservative during 2009/10, constantly playing one striker in away games when having four world-class forwards at his disposal.

Last year they just scraped home despite the squad being light years ahead of their rivals (including United minus van Persie).

But to put up one of the worst title defences in recent history this season, finishing a woeful 11 points behind the pace was inexcusable.

The performance against Wigan in the FA Cup final was so unacceptable that some sections were calling for Mancini's head at half-time while the score was still 0-0!

Yes, the supporters point to the fact that he brought the first league title to the club, but that was virtually impossible not to do because of the obscene amount of money that had been spent.

The embarrassing home loss to Norwich summed up Mancini's time with the club—unacceptable.

It remains to be seen whether Manuel Pellegrini will bring regular success to a club whose infrastructure is set up for domination, but it's safe to say he will perform no worse than the recently departed Italian.

The major obstacle may prove to be winning over the fans' misplaced loyalty toward a man that simply didn't do enough.