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Onuoha slams Mancini

17 May 2010 06:59:08

| Submit Comments| Comments (114)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapNedum OnuohaNedum Onuoha has taken a swipe at City manager Roberto Mancini, virtually ensuring he will leave the club this summer. The Blues defender, a target for Aston Villa, Sunderland and Tottenham, has been frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities. And he let them spill over as he accused Mancini of... NOT liking him. IGNORING the "best player at the club" Stevie Ireland. COSTING Joleon Lescott his World Cup place. With City lining up deals for Germany international defender Jerome Boateng and possibly Benfica's David Luiz, Onuoha is set to fall further down the pecking order after being dropped from the subs' bench for the last game of the season at West Ham. Onuoha, who was strongly linked with a move to Everton in the last two transfer windows, felt he has not been given a fair crack of the whip by Mancini. He said: "With Mark Hughes I didn't play initially, but I had a feeling that I was going to be playing more. He lost his job and the new manager came in and I don't think he liked me. "I kept myself fit and I was being very professional but in the end it just wasn't to be." Onuoha also feels fellow Academy product Ireland has also been overlooked. Last season's player of the year has only made 23 starts this season, 14 of them under Hughes. Onuoha was surprised that Mancini last week questioned Ireland's mental attitude, saying: "I was quite surprised because he is one of the hardest-working players I know and, to be honest, probably the best player I have played with. "I heard he has been linked to Arsenal, United and Liverpool and I am not surprised." Onuoha also felt that Mancini had cost Lescott a place in Fabio Capello's World Cup squad by not involving him for the last fortnight of the season, as the player was recovering from a hamstring problem. "I feel for Joleon and I think the way that he was handled towards the end of the season by the management in terms of injury has almost cost him a place. "The manager said he's going to be unavailable for the final two games and that just wasn't the case because at the time I think he was coming back in for training." What do you make of Onuoha's comments? Have your say. | Submit Comments| Comments (114)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Type your comment here...


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