Mancini derby rant highlights problems at Manchester City
The City boss tore into senior players, who are losing patience with his management style
ALEX FERGUSON has seen off a remarkable 13 Manchester City managers during his tenure at Old Trafford and scalp number 14 could be on the cards after United triumphed in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday.
Reports have emerged of a bust-up involving manager Roberto Mancini and several City players, prompting more speculation about the morale of the City squad and the future of the Italian.
Mancini criticised Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez in the post-match press conference and apparently tore into his players in the dressing room, where he launched a ferocious verbal assault on goalkeeper Joe Hart. The England goalie apparently "fought his corner" after being taken to task over Robin van Persie’s late winner, but The Independent claims "Mancini's senior players continue to be bemused and frustrated by his public criticism of them".
Mancini's outburst shocked the rest of the City squad, reports The Times, which adds that his behaviour has "placed fresh pressure on the Italian’s relationship with leading players who are unhappy with his autocratic style of man-management".
Indeed, the paper claims Mancini's relationship with his squad is now "under intense strain" and The Daily Telegraph notes that his "authoritarian approach is becoming an increasing source of irritation with his senior players".
And it is not just the players who are feeling disgruntled. "Several members of City’s backroom staff are also understood to be unhappy with Mancini’s approach and what they perceive to be his over-reliance on the Italian-speaking members of his coaching team," reports the Telegraph, which suggests that a rebellion could be on the cards.
"The antipathy of the backroom staff is now shared by many of the City players who believe that the former Inter Milan coach is too quick to condemn and rarely prepared to praise."
The Times concurs and points out that Phil Batty, the club's popular former head of sports medicine, left in September because of differences with the manager and notes that a translator is now needed at training since Mancini hired Italian-speaking defensive coach Angelo Gregucci in the summer.