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(ESPN FC)   One year after winning the team's first title in 44 years, and taking the team to second place this year, Manchester City fires coach Roberto Mancini. Bonus: he had four years remaining on his contract. Also, this is your stealth midweek EPL thread   (espnfc.com) divider line 159
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2013-05-14 12:20:49 PM  
Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.
 
2013-05-14 12:40:31 PM  
And on topic, I don't think Mancini is really that broken-hearted about leaving.
 
2013-05-14 01:06:07 PM  
Mancini got fired after winning 7 titles in four years at Inter. He's probably used to it.
 
2013-05-14 01:06:33 PM  
C'mon, you plucky Little Team That Could- avoid relegation!
 
2013-05-14 01:08:32 PM  
Man City have a HUGE payroll. Wigan have nothing. You just know that Sheikh who owns them thinks it's like horse racing: you pour enough money into it, you win. And if you come in second...you get put down.
 
2013-05-14 01:14:55 PM  

Langston: Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.


Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

/COYS
 
2013-05-14 01:16:01 PM  

star_topology: Langston: Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.

Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

/COYS


What he said, on all counts.
 
2013-05-14 01:19:47 PM  

whistleridge: Man City have a HUGE payroll. Wigan have nothing. You just know that Sheikh who owns them thinks it's like horse racing: you pour enough money into it, you win. And if you come in second...you get put down.


*shudders*
 
2013-05-14 01:20:44 PM  

Gonz: C'mon, you plucky Little Team That Could- avoid relegation!


I'd said earlier that it would be really problematic if Arsenal were to drop today's game (not just CL qualifying, but would affect everything down to their wage structure), but regardless of the outcome, it's hard to dislike Wigan.

star_topology: Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.


I told another Arsenal friend of mine that I wished last year that it sucked that your guys played so well all season and earned fourth place, only to get bumped out with Chelski's surprise upset win against Bayern. I'd honestly rather see Chelski stumble out of the CL.
 
2013-05-14 01:21:03 PM  
I think the UEFA Champions League group stage (lack of) performance was the coup de grace.  Everything since was a lame duck scenario.  The players performed well enough to secure top 4, then turned off (mediocre since the MU win and Chelsea FA Cup semi win).  The players take the blame for losing the FA Cup, but really Mancini was done long before then.

Sadly, the MCFC true fans deserve better, but that's the life with lavish ownership now.  It'll be interesting to see the fan response, Chelsea fans never gave up their disgust for sacking RDM.
 
2013-05-14 01:24:18 PM  
Isn't Wigan also getting relegated?
 
2013-05-14 01:24:45 PM  

Langston: Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.


I'll share the bottles of antacid I just bought with you.

About Mancini, you knew he was long for the sack when he got physical with Balotelli.  From what I've head he wasn't a people person to either the board or his players.
 
2013-05-14 01:24:50 PM  
One more thought,

Mancini never hid his hatred for not getting the players he wanted in the summer.  I think that the front office splashed last minute and picked up Scott Sinclair.  Mancini, to be spiteful, never played him.  The signing made no sense and it was a power play between coach and GM.  Sadly, Sinclair is the one that suffers and is destined to be a loanee until his contract runs out.

/Bring on Arsenal/Wigan
 
2013-05-14 01:25:10 PM  
This firing is not strange or unexpected. Mancini had a job to do and after crashing out in the Champions League again he had one job to do which was to win the league. He had arguably a better squad than every other team in the Premier League and he couldn't get the job done. Mix that with his failures in the Cups and his performance just wasn't good enough.

I always enjoy watching these plastic clubs fail.
 
2013-05-14 01:26:03 PM  

soupafi: Isn't Wigan also getting relegated?


Likely, but depends on whether they ruin Arsenal's day and become the hero's of North London.
 
2013-05-14 01:28:39 PM  

bennett311: One more thought,

Mancini never hid his hatred for not getting the players he wanted in the summer.  I think that the front office splashed last minute and picked up Scott Sinclair.  Mancini, to be spiteful, never played him.  The signing made no sense and it was a power play between coach and GM.  Sadly, Sinclair is the one that suffers and is destined to be a loanee until his contract runs out.


Yeah, pretty much.  Mancini sounded like an old-school manager which in this day and age is an anachronism.  Even SAF had to change his ways; although he still would give ya the hairdryer treatment if you farked up.
 
2013-05-14 01:28:52 PM  

Langston: Gonz: C'mon, you plucky Little Team That Could- avoid relegation!

I'd said earlier that it would be really problematic if Arsenal were to drop today's game (not just CL qualifying, but would affect everything down to their wage structure), but regardless of the outcome, it's hard to dislike Wigan.

star_topology: Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

I told another Arsenal friend of mine that I wished last year that it sucked that your guys played so well all season and earned fourth place, only to get bumped out with Chelski's surprise upset win against Bayern. I'd honestly rather see Chelski stumble out of the CL.


Based on that, and it might seem like sour grapes, but I truly believe PL deserves a 5th (maybe even 6th) qualifying place, just based on the  competitiveness of the past few seasons.
 
2013-05-14 01:31:09 PM  
star_topology:

Based on that, and it might seem like sour grapes, but I truly believe PL deserves a 5th (maybe even 6th) qualifying place, just based on the  competitiveness of the past few seasons.

Yeah, that's not going to happen.  At least not with of the other continental leagues getting their own berths.  Not to mention that Platini wanted more clubs from smaller countries in the CL.
 
2013-05-14 01:32:00 PM  

bennett311: I think the UEFA Champions League group stage (lack of) performance was the coup de grace.  Everything since was a lame duck scenario.  The players performed well enough to secure top 4, then turned off (mediocre since the MU win and Chelsea FA Cup semi win).  The players take the blame for losing the FA Cup, but really Mancini was done long before then.

Sadly, the MCFC true fans deserve better, but that's the life with lavish ownership now.  It'll be interesting to see the fan response, Chelsea fans never gave up their disgust for sacking RDM.


DiMatteo won the FA Cup and the Champion's League but got the boot 8 months into being put in as manager -- why wouldn't the team's fans be disgusted?
 
2013-05-14 01:34:38 PM  

star_topology: Langston: Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.

Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

/COYS


Don't leave the Wigan fans out. They have a lot riding on today too.
 
2013-05-14 01:35:12 PM  

star_topology: Langston: Gonz: C'mon, you plucky Little Team That Could- avoid relegation!

I'd said earlier that it would be really problematic if Arsenal were to drop today's game (not just CL qualifying, but would affect everything down to their wage structure), but regardless of the outcome, it's hard to dislike Wigan.

star_topology: Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

I told another Arsenal friend of mine that I wished last year that it sucked that your guys played so well all season and earned fourth place, only to get bumped out with Chelski's surprise upset win against Bayern. I'd honestly rather see Chelski stumble out of the CL.

Based on that, and it might seem like sour grapes, but I truly believe PL deserves a 5th (maybe even 6th) qualifying place, just based on the  competitiveness of the past few seasons.


Especially considering how many EPL teams made the Round of 16 this year.
 
2013-05-14 01:36:23 PM  
Good God! Are Gerald Myers and Kent Hance* running the show over there?

*Who, along with Craig James, can eat the peanuts from my shiat.
 
2013-05-14 01:38:15 PM  

meanmutton: bennett311: I think the UEFA Champions League group stage (lack of) performance was the coup de grace.  Everything since was a lame duck scenario.  The players performed well enough to secure top 4, then turned off (mediocre since the MU win and Chelsea FA Cup semi win).  The players take the blame for losing the FA Cup, but really Mancini was done long before then.

Sadly, the MCFC true fans deserve better, but that's the life with lavish ownership now.  It'll be interesting to see the fan response, Chelsea fans never gave up their disgust for sacking RDM.


From what I heard in the FA Cup, fans were chanting (paraphrasing): "You can stick Pellegrini up your a**."

So yeah, I don't think they'll be too happy if he does come in.  Mancini can't whine about this either since he was waiting in the wings while Mark Hughes was left twisting in the wind.

DiMatteo won the FA Cup and the Champion's League but got the boot 8 months into being put in as manager -- why wouldn't the team's fans be disgusted?

I seriously doubt that Abramovich is going to swallow his pride and bring Mourinho back.
 
2013-05-14 01:39:26 PM  
C'mon Wigan, I believe in you!

/enters his FFPL 2-0 Arsenal victory prediction.
//chews nails
 
2013-05-14 01:44:13 PM  

Mr_H: C'mon Wigan, I believe in you!

/enters his FFPL 2-0 Arsenal victory prediction.
//chews nails


It's a sad day indeed when your scoreline prediction was even more optimistic than mine.
 
2013-05-14 01:48:33 PM  

star_topology: Based on that, and it might seem like sour grapes, but I truly believe PL deserves a 5th (maybe even 6th) qualifying place, just based on the competitiveness of the past few seasons.


Six EPL teams in the Champion's League?  At what point would it make more sense to just dissolve the EPL, create a European superleague and have the FA revert back to the old DIvision 1 through 4 format?  The bottom 10-12 EPL teams aren't that far removed from Championship teams as it stands now anyway...which is more of a compliment to the Championship than a shot at the EPL, honestly...
 
2013-05-14 01:48:36 PM  

Mr_H: C'mon Wigan, I believe in you!

/enters his FFPL 2-0 Arsenal victory prediction.
//chews nails


As an Arsenal fan I'm insulted that it had to go this far.  I want Arsenal to win tonight and Sunday...but there's a side of me that thinks sliding down to that Europa League spot would be the slap in the face the club and Wenger have needed for a very long time.  It's magnified by a) Swansea out-Arsenaling Arsenal and b) both Swansea and Wigan winning trophies with far smaller squads than Arsenal.

It annoyed me that Wenger didn't even consider signing someone other than Monreal in January.  Even more so that he thought that Giroud and Podolski would make up for losing RvP.

Maybe the beatdown Munich gave them was even more of a wake up call...but I'll believe that Arsenal are serious about spending big when they actually do in the summer.
 
2013-05-14 01:49:25 PM  

StRalphTheLiar: star_topology: Langston: Watching the game today may give me a goddamn ulcer.

Whether you're a Spurs fan or Arsenal fan... THIS.

/COYS

Don't leave the Wigan fans out. They have a lot riding on today too.


Of course.  Come on you ... Wigans!

/knows they're the Latics
 
2013-05-14 01:55:32 PM  

Langston: Mr_H: C'mon Wigan, I believe in you!

/enters his FFPL 2-0 Arsenal victory prediction.
//chews nails

It's a sad day indeed when your scoreline prediction was even more optimistic than mine.


I actually put in the prediction Friday.  I'm finding myself contemplating changing it though, as I wonder if Wigan's win plus the fact that they MUST win is gonna give them an extra edge. Of course,  Arsenal has to win too, so....
 
2013-05-14 01:56:01 PM  

TheMatchHare: star_topology: Based on that, and it might seem like sour grapes, but I truly believe PL deserves a 5th (maybe even 6th) qualifying place, just based on the competitiveness of the past few seasons.

Six EPL teams in the Champion's League?  At what point would it make more sense to just dissolve the EPL, create a European superleague and have the FA revert back to the old DIvision 1 through 4 format?  The bottom 10-12 EPL teams aren't that far removed from Championship teams as it stands now anyway...which is more of a compliment to the Championship than a shot at the EPL, honestly...


Sadly. I have no clue what you're talking about. I've been watching and paying attention to the global soccer landscape since World Cup 2010, so my historical knowledge of the sport has a long way to go so obviously what you're saying is true, and I would agree with that. Wouldn't make much sense. Adding more EPL teams would only make it a "rich get richer" as the bottom half the EPL teams (like Wigan) appear to be feeder teams anyway, I agree.

And it's strange--I've never played a single minute of soccer in my life, and it's become one of my favorite sports, I'm from Texas too, so that says something, but I'm not sure what... I do know that I play FIFA like I used to play Madden... And I'm 29. I think it's strange anyway. XD

On a tangential note, I just started playing Football Manager 2013. OH. MY. GOD.
 
2013-05-14 01:56:23 PM  

Langston: I told another Arsenal friend of mine that I wished last year that it sucked that your guys played so well all season and earned fourth place, only to get bumped out with Chelski's surprise upset win against Bayern. I'd honestly rather see Chelski stumble out of the CL.


As a Spurs supporter, I'm contractually required to hold Arsenal in some disdain, but I agree with you that it would be much, much sweeter to see Chelsea shut out of the CL.

The only reason I'd feel otherwise is one Arsenal fan who was here last year on the final day of the season, late in the thread. After that amazing day of football, where we all kinda said "That was a real thing that just happened". The regulars had mostly left by that point, and one lone Gunner came in out of nowhere crowing about "St. Totteringham's Day is finally here!"

I just remember reading that and thinking "Wow, on the final day of the season, when your team qualified for the CL, you're more ate up by a team that finished one point (and tied in goal differential) behind you." Like it was somehow a massive failure of a season by Spurs, since the end result was virtually identical to Arsenal's.

For some reason, that dude really rubbed me the wrong way.
 
2013-05-14 01:57:42 PM  
star_topology:

On a tangential note, I just started playing Football Manager 2013. OH. MY. GOD.

I had to uninstall FM 2012...it was taking up far too much of my time.
 
2013-05-14 02:01:11 PM  

star_topology: I've been watching and paying attention to the global soccer landscape since World Cup 2010


Just out of curiosity, how'd you end up pulling for Spurs?
 
2013-05-14 02:05:49 PM  
Am I the only one not on Roberto Martinez's balls? It's great that Wigan narrowly dodge relegation every year and win some impressive games along the way. But why are they in a position to be relegated right now? And why last year? Manage your team correctly in October and you don't have to pull wins out of your ass in May.

/Off the soapbox
//please win, Arsenal. Please
 
2013-05-14 02:09:52 PM  
Really want Wigan to stay up. This game is the roadblock, Aston Villa sans Benteke should be an easier three points that Arsenal trying to get in the CL for the umpteenth time in a row. Really want to hear Macca and Darke call the Wigan - Villa game on the final day.
 
2013-05-14 02:13:42 PM  
any feed for the match today?
 
2013-05-14 02:13:56 PM  
And David Platt leaves too. Hmm. Wonder if Brian Kidd leaves at the end of the season.
 
2013-05-14 02:30:07 PM  

Gonz: star_topology: I've been watching and paying attention to the global soccer landscape since World Cup 2010

Just out of curiosity, how'd you end up pulling for Spurs?


In before "'Cause he's a tosser." Or something.

To be honest, it was pretty simplistic at first.

I recognized a lot of the names for England's World Cup Squad--Dawson, Lenon, King, Defoe, PETER CROOOUCH.  Keep in mind this was before I even knew about Bale. So I won't be switchingallegiances if he leaves in the summer.

I knew I didn't want to root for United or Chelsea, they were the New York Yankees of the EPL to me. Then I read up on the club's history for a bit, and decided that based on the player familiarity, combined with...

The club's kit, logo and motto. "To Dare Is to Do" has a little bit of meaning in my personal life.

And the long-suffering fan base. Their successful run in the Champions League was really fun to watch, and I would enjoy seeing them get rewarded in some way like that again, but anything other than a Europa title admittedly seems impossible.

And there you have it. Spurs fan.
 
2013-05-14 02:35:08 PM  
Please tell me Gus Johnson is not calling today's game
 
2013-05-14 02:35:16 PM  

iamreptar: any feed for the match today?


Look on firstrow1.eu
 
2013-05-14 02:42:53 PM  

iamreptar: any feed for the match today?


There's a couple on vipbox.tv as well.
 
2013-05-14 02:45:30 PM  

ADubs86: Really want Wigan to stay up. This game is the roadblock, Aston Villa sans Benteke should be an easier three points that Arsenal trying to get in the CL for the umpteenth time in a row. Really want to hear Macca and Darke call the Wigan - Villa game on the final day.


If Wigan wins, ESPN will grab the "best" game.  I think you would get your wish.
 
2013-05-14 02:46:45 PM  

Rwa2play: Yeah, pretty much. Mancini sounded like an old-school manager which in this day and age is an anachronism. Even SAF had to change his ways; although he still would give ya the hairdryer treatment if you farked up.


I don't think an old school manager is going to work well with a front office that says:

This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club,

da fuq?
 
2013-05-14 02:47:24 PM  

StRalphTheLiar: Please tell me Gus Johnson is not calling today's game


Just think about it, after this weekend, we will never have to hear him announce another league game...

/FIIIIIRRRREESSSS!
 
2013-05-14 02:48:07 PM  

StRalphTheLiar: Please tell me Gus Johnson is not calling today's game


Nah, he's too tired from calling the Leafs-Bruins game last night.
 
2013-05-14 02:48:59 PM  

soupafi: Isn't Wigan also getting relegated?


They're safe if they win their last two, with probably Aston Villa or Sunderland getting relegated.  But of course beating Arsenal today will be a tall order.
 
2013-05-14 02:49:23 PM  
Arsenal full of intent early.  Wigan playing same squad as Saturday.  High line at the back for Wigan again.
 
2013-05-14 02:55:06 PM  
Fired? All for losing the FA Cup final to a team that's likely to be relegated?

Wait...
 
2013-05-14 02:55:45 PM  
There it is!!
 
2013-05-14 02:55:57 PM  
POLDI!!!!!
 
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