Betfair blogger Gareth Freeman feels that Mancini will add some Euro style to Manchester City.
I’m not going to join the debate about whether Mark Hughes should have been sacked or not. That particular argument has been discussed to death and there is nothing more I can add to it. What does intrigue me, is how will Roberto Mancini adapt to life in the Premier League? The Italian game is, as we all know, an extremely defensive version and you would imagine this is where the former Inter boss will start with City.
So who will be heading for the Eastlands exit in January? One man who looks to be staying now there has been a change at the top is Robinho. The Brazilian has been linked with a switch to Barcelona for what feels like his entire time at City but Mancini’s arrival looks to have ended that speculation. I would suggest a large proportion of the defenders could be moved on at some point. Kolo Toure hasn’t looked the same player he was at Arsenal, the same goes for Joleon Lescott who has done little to justify his hefty price tag. Micah Richards is still young and Mancini may exercise patience with the youngster, at just 21 he still has plenty of time to improve and certainly has the attributes to be a success.
The former Lazio and Fiorentina boss has a difficult task on his hands. Unlike compatriot Carlo Ancelotti, who made the switch from AC Milan to Chelsea in the summer, he has plenty of rebuilding to do at Eastlands. Ancelotti’s Chelsea side basically picks itself, while City are still very much a work in progress and he has to learn the league as well as building a team capable of challenging the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
One of the most interesting things about Mancini’s arrival in English football could well be his transfer policy. Premier League managers, in general, have the final say on transfer targets and are generally judged on their success in the transfer market. In Italy others (sporting directors etc) have an input into these decisions and Mancini has confirmed this is how things will work at City.
He said: “In Italy, it is not just the manager who decides on players, it is also director of football,
“I will speak with (chief executive) Garry (Cook) and (assistant manager) Brian (Kidd),. Together we will decide who we need. It is no problem. The most important thing is for City to win, now and in the future.”
Whether City’s owners were right to get rid of Hughes or not, I’m quite excited by the prospect of Roberto Mancini taking charge of a Premier League side. At Inter he managed a haul of two Italian Cups and three league titles (granted, the first came as Juventus were stripped of the Serie A crown following the Calciopoli scandal) and I’m sure that, in time, he will bring silverware to Eastlands. The pressing point now is who will arrive in January and will the Italian be able to find the men to plug City’s leaky defence?