13/05/2012: Roberto Mancini leads Manchester City to their first top flight title triumph in 44 years.
13/05/2013: Roberto Mancini sacked as Manchester City manager after failing to beat Wigan in the FA Cup final.
A year is a long long time in football, but the search is one for the new manager of moneybags Manchester City; outgoing Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as a strong favourite to take the reigns of the blue team of Manchester.
Is the Chilean the right man to succeed the ousted Italian Mancini?
In his 9 years managing Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga he hasn't won any major honours.
Yes he capitulated small time Spanish club Villarreal into the bright lights of the Champions League. Bringing them to the semi final in 2006, after guiding them to 3rd in La Liga one year previous.
At Malaga he also brought Champions League football after joining them in 2010. They were knocked in the 2013 quarter final in the most cruel of ways by Borussia Dortmund.
He became the only coach to take two different teams to the Champions League quarter finals in their debut seasons in the competition.
But what about 2009 when he was handed the reigns at Real Madrid? A super rich team like Arab owned City.
£200,000,000 was spent on the acquisitions of Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso yet not one trophy was delivered that year.
Knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage by Lyon, eliminated from the Copa del Rey during the Round of 16 by the modest club Segunda B side Alcorcon with a 4–1 aggregate loss, and pipped to the La Liga title by Barcelona. He was subsequently sacked after one season after failing to meet any of Real Madrid’s targets.
Just a thought.