Gael Clichy Says Roberto Mancini Needs To Share Blame for Man City Failures

French defender believes boss and players failed last season.

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Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has said that Roberto Mancini must take his share of responsibility for the club’s failure last season, but also admitted that the players needed to do the same, according to The Independent.

“He’s the manager and you have to take responsibility,” Clichy said of Mancini. “The manager is there to make the choices. Of course, when results are good it’s all down to the manager. When the results are not so good, it’s also down to him. We have to be aware that he was probably at fault for this, but as players on the pitch we also have to take responsibility and also know that we didn’t perform. Whether we played three, four or six at the back – that doesn’t matter, you have to give 100 per cent and sometimes this year we didn’t give anything,” he said.

Rumours of player revolts were rife during the Italian’s stint in charge, but Clichy admitted that not all of the players disliked working for him even though his standards were sometimes ridiculously high.

“Most of us he brought to the club. If he bought you, it means that he likes you. Once you become a friend of the players that’s when you can have trouble. I prefer to have trouble because the manager is respected and is hard.”

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