Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as manager of Manchester City in 2009 amid much contempt from the media who were dismayed by the decision. However the board it seems made the right decision as Mancini won the FA cup in his first season in charge and then last season won them the premier league.
Mancini has been rewarded with a huge 5 year deal, He said: “Manchester City is a fantastic football club,” Mancini told the club’s website. “I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead.”
“I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years. The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous,” he added.
Manchester City’s interim chief Exec John Macbeath said : This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours.
The deal comes amid reports of Russia offering Mancini a reported £35 million contract to manage the national side. Former Manchester City player Danny Mills said: “It’s a massive cliche but in football goals do change games and they also change managerial careers,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. If that Sergio Aguero goal after three minutes of stoppage time hadn’t gone in then Mancini could have been on his way out and looking for another job. He will be in demand and the owners want stability. They’ve got a training ground under development and they want it to be a super academy and Mancini is seen as a massive part of that.”
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