Ferguson ‘surprised’ by Man City’s decision to sack Mancini

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson admits he was "surprised" by Manchester City's decision to sack Roberto Mancini

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 2012-13 Premier League trophy Photo: Back Page Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he was “surprised” by Manchester City’s decision to sack Roberto Mancini.

The Italian was given his marching orders last Monday after City suffered a 1-0 loss to relegated Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mancini’s men struggled to mount a serious defence of their Premier League crown as Ferguson’s Manchester United won the title at a canter.

City also struggled in Europe but despite their disappointing season, Ferguson was still amazed by Mancini’s sacking after the 48-year-old led City to the FA Cup in 2011 and top-flight title in 2012.

“It is quite amazing. He has won the FA Cup, been in the final, second in the league and won the league and it’s not good enough?” he said.

“I was surprised, but actually no, you can’t say you are surprised not with some owners today. You can’t be surprised, but I still don’t think it was right.

“I was with the chief executive of Liverpool at our reserve game the other night and he told me that Brendan Rodgers, who has not been in the job a year, is the 30th longest-serving manager in the country. That’s incredible.”

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