Former striker weighs in with his opinion.
Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that he is not surprised that Roberto Mancini was given the boot by the club last week, CNN reports.
Mancini was given his marching orders following the club’s failure to beat Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final last weekend, just a year after wrestling the league title from neighbours Manchester United. However, they missed out on any silverware this season and the club’s owners decided that for the money they’d spent a better manager would be able to utilise the squad.
And Macini’s former charge from Inter Milan and City, Mario Balotelli, has admitted that he is not surprised by the owners decision.
“I am not really surprised,” he said.
“When I was with him he was a great manager and we had the best, I think, one of the best teams I have played with.”
“I don’t know why they didn’t win. But obviously there were some problems inside – I don’t know. I am here so I don’t know.”
Balotelli joined Italian side AC Milan in a £30 million deal in January following a high profile bust up with the manager that saw the pair wrestle on the training ground in front of the rest of the squad.
The 22-year-old’s confession comes just days after the club’s former kit man Stephen Aziz described the Mancini as “arrogant, vain and self-centred” over a series of tweets that were later deleted on Tuesday.