Manchester City have just done David Moyes a massive favour by sacking Roberto Mancini.
Manchester City have shown their true colours; don’t win a trophy and you’ll be out before you’ve even had a chance to settle into your new office.
The owners have made it quite clear they are going to be ‘one of those clubs’ and while the sacking of Roberto Mancini will be praised by some City fans, it hands a huge advantage to new Manchester United boss David Moyes.
It gives every single United fan and official a lift because the man who took their Premier League title away from them has been removed, for another boss to come in, possibly one with no experience of English football.
We will now never know just what Mancini was going to do this summer, but it’s likely he would have bought a couple of superstars to try and take the title back from Old Trafford.
They could still well do with Manuel Pellegrini likely to sign a couple of very good players from Malaga, including Isco who has been in the rumour mill for pretty much the whole season.
The point is it’s a release of pressure on United in the respect that they are seeing the back of someone who had a very good record over them, giving everyone a mental lift as David Moyes walks into his new job.
It also creates a classic contrast between the two Manchester jobs which was the parallel that United had to conquer when they were thinking about who should be their new boss.
On the red side of Manchester, plenty of people would agree there is the long term and successful approach. On the blue half of Manchester, there is the short term Chelsea style approach; win at all costs.
There is nothing wrong with that because ask any Chelsea fan if they would substitute one manager having a long reign for all of the trophies they’ve won and they’ll more than likely tell you where to go.
However, the point is the sustainability of what United are trying to create and the damage that City’s approach could do to the very infrastructure of their club.
Moyes can go about his business creating something huge and very resilient and if he’s backed through the hard spells then United are always going to produce team after team after team which is capable of pushing for silverware.
City are in a position now where it’s all or nothing. It’s win at all costs. It doesn’t matter about bringing through the youth teams because the manager will just be changed and he’ll buy a bunch of new players.
Pellegrini could come in and he could do very well but the season he fails, it’s goodbye and hello to the next guy to walk through the doors of the Etihad.
Any success is respectable but City’s decision to axe Mancini ensures that any hard core and knowledgeable neutral football fan will always look at Manchester and favour what United are trying to build over what City will do to win.
City will win trophies but it's only partially about the success. United have the chance to create something very respectable under Moyes, which will always be there and will be admired long after City move from one trophy to the next.
What do you make of the situation in Manchester?
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