The Man Who Restored Pride by David Mooney
For decades, Manchester City fans had little to shout about. But then, under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini, the Blues climbed back to the right end of the league. The Italian changed the Club from top to bottom, ending a 35-year trophy drought in 2011 and winning their first title in nearly four-and-a-half decades with the Premier League crown in 2012. He was the man who made it good to go to the Etihad every week.
However, things turned sour quickly after that historic 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers in May 2012, with Mancini eventually being sacked a year to the day after he won the league for Man City.
This is the story of the manager’s rise and fall in Manchester, looking at what went wrong after it went so right. Nevertheless, despite all of the problems, he was The Man Who Restored Pride to Manchester City.
The book was a good read.Shared most of my thoughts & emotions.Still don’t really know why the dismal display v Wigan came about. Overindulgence to Balotelli & sale of De Jong must have had a part to play. Like the author I’m grateful to Mancini for restoring pride & changing the Stratford clock. The open letter was a class act. Any chance of another Zabaleta badge? Well worth the read. Cheers PQ
Paul Quinn | Stockport | April 2020