Watch your back, Roberto. Eastland player revolt in full effect.
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MANCHESTER CITY players want Roberto Mancini booted out… NOW.
City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Saturday during which Emmanuel Adebayor had an on-pitch row with Vincent Kompany.
A City source said: “There is hardly a player in the dressing room who has any time for Mancini. The place is a complete mess.
“There are times when he tries to be a hard man but no one takes any notice.
“Team spirit is falling apart because there is no respect for the manager and some players are even guessing when he could go.
“They don’t know who they want in, they just want Mancini out.”
Another source confirmed: “The players don’t like his confrontational style.
“They’re also baffled by him tactically – for example, they couldn’t understand why he brought on defender Pablo Zabaleta for Emmanuel Adebayor instead of striker Jo at Wolves on Saturday.” (The Sun)
Manchester City have 17 points after ten games in the Premier League this season, and sit in the vitally important fourth spot in the Premier League under manager Roberto Mancini.
However, both Sven Goran Eriksson and Mark Hughes have achieved a superior record after ten matches at the start of a Premier League campaign.
Last season, Hughes masterminded 19 points from ten games before a succession of draws ultimately cost him his job, while Eriksson presided over an impressive 22 points from the same period two seasons before.
Still, quite what these vitriolic statements in The Sun from City “sources” will do for club morale beggars belief.
The tactic singled out as confusing by the second source is also strange. Adebayor had a poor game by all accounts against Wolves aside from his penalty, and it seemed plain that Mancini wanted to alter the team’s shape as 4-4-2 wasn’t working.
In fairness, Wolverhampton Wanderers have played well against Chelsea and Manchester United in recent games, and it seemed only a matter of time before they gained the scalp of one of the top flight’s big guns.
What Mancini does deserve criticism for though is his seeming experimentation during matches.
While most Premier League managers have a contingency plan drilled into their side should they have a man sent off, when Dedryck Boyata was red carded against Arsenal, Mancini tried James Milner at right back with Micah Richards in the centre, then Yaya Toure in central defence. The younger Toure brother was then pushed back into midfield with Richards back into central defence, Jerome Boateng moving across to right wing back and Gareth Barry going to left back.
This was all in the first half – before Wayne Bridge even came on.
If Manchester City are to move forward, Roberto Mancini must show that he is the right man at the helm by being decisive, settling on a team and gameplan and sticking to it.