Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has come under fire from the English media after losing the FA Cup final to Wigan this past week. His Wembley press conference was a fiery question and answer session and the name of Inter could be heard several times. The annoyed manager answered questions dealing with whether or not he would be sacked after losing the FA Cup final and finishing far behind champions Manchester United in the league.
The quotes pertaining to Inter have been selected from the full Manchester Evening News transcript:
Question: “But it would be ridiculous to sack you, wouldn’t it?”
Mancini: “In football, everything can happen. I was sacked after seven trophies with Inter.”
Question: “There were the same reports at Inter, weren’t there?
Mancini: “Football is easy for the people who stay outside. It’s easy to talk on the outside. Now, we are talking about one situation, which for me is not true.”
Question: “You said (communications head) Vicky should stop these (sacking) rumours but she can only do that if someone on the board tells her to?”
Mancini: “Vicky is in charge, ask her. It’s difficult for me to say. I say to you one thing. When I worked for Inter Milan, for a month the newspapers wrote the same as you. I thought always, it’s not true, it’s not true, because we are winning.
But after the Italian Cup final, I read a newspaper which is very close with Inter. One journalist wrote that Inter probably would sack me. In that moment I realized maybe it was true. I don’t know whether it’s true or not.”
Question: “Do you get the same sense reading the English newspapers?”
Mancini: “No, because it’s different. In Italy, sometimes, the newspapers are very close to the club.”
Question: “But Inter sacked you and two years later they won the European Cup. They didn’t get the decision wrong, did they?”
Mancini: “I built that team for four years. After two years, they won a Champions League.”
The big claims from the former Inter head-coach will not have made a lesser figure of himself in the media. Wait to see if there is any response from the Inter management, especially Moratti.
Do not rule out a scorching retort from Jose Mourinho either, everyone knows The Special One is not one to spread out the credit for his accomplishments among those outside his teams…
What do you think about Mancio‘s claims? How much credit can go to Mancini for the Inter team that Mourinho led to Champions League glory? Could Mancini have won the treble, or even just the Champions League if he had stayed for those two further years?
All questions that Roberto Mancini raises with his latest words.