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Elevenses - Sharks circle for Mancini

Published: 01 Nov 2010 - 10:44:29

Elevenses has always thought Roberto Mancini was the spit of Jaws legend Roy Scheider.

It turns out the similarities don't end there. Like the late Scheider's character Martin Brody, Mancini is plagued by colleagues and superiors who don't take any notice of him.

Nobody believed Brody about that killer Great White Shark, and nobody believes Mancini about his killer Manchester City team. According to a Sun source, "There is hardly a player in the dressing room who has any time for Mancini."

"...There are times when he tries to be a hard man but nobody takes any notice."

Here's Roberto in action in the 1975 trailer for Jaws...

If we want to get all intellectual on the comparison, Elevenses sees the shark as City's huge bank balance. It's a seriously big shark with no moral code, and Mancini is completely on his own on the water.

"You're gonna need a bigger boat," was Scheider's famous line in Jaws. At Eastlands, the boat is the manager.

According to reports Yaya Toure and James Milner clashed in the tunnel at Wolves, following a public spat between Emmanuel Adebayor and Vincent Kompany on the pitch.

And if Mancini has lost his community, he's surely losing the fight.


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