Tuesday 14 May 2013

Man City insist that sacking managers who finish second is how United win titles

Manchester City officials have said that Manchester United’s league triumph only happened because they sacked their manager last season when they finished as premier league runners-up.

As criticism of their sacking of Roberto Mancini intensified, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said that you only have to look across the city to see what sacking someone who didn’t win the league can get you.

He told reporters, “Go back just 12 months to the sacking of Sir Alex Ferguson when we beat them to the title – which at the time might have seemed quite harsh – and look where it has led them.”

“They started again from scratch with a new manager, despite finishing second last time – above eighteen other teams – and here we are now with them as champions.”

“If we have learned anything from this, it’s that sustained periods of success can only be achieved if you sack the manager whenever you don’t win every trophy.”

Mancini sacked

Al Mubarak went on to defend the decision to sack Mancini, citing premier league history as evidence that they have done the right thing.

He said, “It’s like when United sacked Ferguson back in 1995 when Blackburn won the title.  The new manager came in and they won the league the next two seasons.”

“They sacked the manager again in 1998 when Arsenal won it, and were proven right yet again when the new manager led them to three back to back titles from 1999 onwards.”

“And who can forget them sacking the manager when Chelsea beat them to the title in 2006? But yet again a new manager came in and led them to the title.”

“In fact, since the premier league started Manchester United have failed to win the premier league eight times, and each time they’ve won it again after sacking the manager.”

“If you look closely at these statistics, you’ll see a pattern for success that we are well on the way to replicating.”

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