Roberto Mancini: I deserved more respect from Manchester City

Roberto Mancini says he was shocked by Manchester City's decision to sack him and feels he deserved more respect from club

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Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City in May Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Mancini admits that he was shocked by Manchester City’s decision to sack him and feels he deserved more respect from the Eastlands club.

The Italian was given his marching orders back in May following City’s surprise FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic and their second-place finish in the Premier League.

Mancini was sacked a year to the day of leading City to their first Premier League title in 44 years, after winning the FA Cup in his first season in charge.

And the Italian has hit out at the City hierarchy following their swift appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as his successor at the Etihad Stadium.

“I lost the FA Cup, in football it can happen,” Mancini told Corriere dello Sport. “It was a bad day for the whole team. But I never expected what happened.

“I never believed that the rumours about Pellegrini were true. Two months after my sacking, I still don’t understand the reasons and the timing.

“I think I deserved more respect for what I’ve done at City in three-and-a-half years.

“The club didn’t win a title for 40 years, I won a Premier League, an FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season, I lost a final and finished second in the Premier League.”

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