More bad news for Roberto Mancini as Man City lose in Europa League

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 05 November 2010, 12:37

Mancini ponders his next move will beEarlier this week we reported on the challenging times at Manchester City that lie ahead for City boss Roberto Mancini. We highlighted some of the problems that he was experiencing with players on and off the pitch and effectively, the rumours are that Italian has lost complete control of the dressing room.

Following this, there were several interviews in the press with members of the Manchester City squad stating that there were no problems at all in the squad and that everyone was fully behind the manager. As the old saying goes though, "there is no smoke without fire" something we at the Sack Race are firm believers of and if you read between the lines in the interviews, there is definitely tension within the Manchester City squad.

While all this was going on, Manchester City were trying to play the game that their players are played extortionate amounts to do so and of late, having been failing miserably. Thursday's result could be one of the final nails in Mancini’s managerial career at Eastlands as his side were beaten 3-1 away from home by Polish side Lech Poznan in Group A of the Europa League, making it the third straight defeat for City in all competitions. City had started the game well but that soon changed when Lech opened up the scoring in the first half, this was countered by a goal from Adebayor in the 51st minute. It looked as if both sides were then going to play for the draw but the Polish champions had some luck when a cleared free kick was rebounded off the head of Arbeloa to score before a strike in the first minute of added time compounded Man Citys misery.

All this bad news for City has seen Mancini move up the pecking order to be the next Premiership manager to be sacked with bookmaker Paddy Power offering 13/8 about the Italian to be the next to go and he is sitting just ahead of troubled West Ham manager, Avram Grant, who is 3/1.

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