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Mancini pays high price for Man City’s stagnation


He only lasted a year at Madrid, but he was hardly a failure there, losing out to Barcelona in a tight La Liga title race, despite winning 96 points — a record number for a second-placed team.

With the club’s resources and ambition, the City job remains attractive and the task of knocking United off top spot once again will provide the new manager with all the motivation he needs. With Sir Alex Ferguson gone, the chances of that happening surely improve.

If he goes on to achieve that, it is imperative he builds on that success and does not stagnate, like Mancini’s side did to his cost.

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