Manchester City was, once again, held to a draw on Saturday. Everton traveled to the Etihad Stadium to face City, but neither side was able to gain an advantage on their opponent and the match ended 1-1. With their most recent draw, Manchester City has yet to lose a game in the Premier League this season, however, they have six draws already, leaving them three points behind leaders Manchester United.
Games away from Etihad Stadium have caused City the most trouble this season. At home, City has won six games and tied twice. They have also scored 19 goals while conceding only six. Once they leave the Etihad Stadium, the team tends to struggle, especially finding the back of the net. City won three games and tied four when playing away from home. They have also only scored nine goals while conceding five goals.
Even though City are only three points behind the Premier League leaders, it seems as though the poor results combined with a group stage exit in the Champions League may cost Roberto Mancini his job. Of course, being at a large club with a high bank account causes the managerial seat to remain hot nearly constantly, and it seems the owners do not care that Mancini brought the club to the top of the Premier League last season.
“And now FIFA agent Francois Gallardo has told a Spanish radio station that City are already plotting to replace manager Roberto Mancini,” according to the Mirror. “’Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City,’ he claimed. ‘No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him.’”
If this is true, it is not surprising. Mancini has been on the hot seat for some time now and Guardiola lead Barcelona to many trophies while playing a beautiful style of soccer. However, the Mirror also said that City will replace Joe Hart.
“In what will no doubt be surprising news to City’s England No. 1 Joe Hart, Gallardo claimed City will also try to sign Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes,” according to the Mirror.
Guardiola replacing Mancini would not surprise me, however, this second claim would be a surprise. Why would you replace Hart with Valdes. If Guardiola wants to take players from the Barcelona team he managed, why did he leave the club? It will be interesting to keep an eye on this story and what the fate of Roberto Mancini and Joe Hart will be at Manchester City. Also, if City overtake United in the Premier League, how can you fire a manager when you are in first place? It is not like City are out of the Premier League race for the title, they remain only three points behind.
Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com
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