Rumours have emerged that Roberto Mancini was set to leave Manchester for Monaco if City failed to win the Premier League title last season. Mancini would have become the third highest paid manager in football had he swapped the Champions for the Ligue 2 side.
Should the speculation be true, it would seriously overshadow Mancini’s commitment to the cause. Many players, including many in the current City squad, have been criticised for being cash cows with no loyalty to the shirt. Had Mancini taken up the role in the Principality it is likely would have earned a similar reputation.
However it could have been a shrewd piece of planning by the Italian, who was rumoured to be facing the sack had he failed to bring the title to the Etihad last year. With a better salary, similar spending power and more manageable expectations a job offer on the Riviera would be tempting for any head coach.
The timing of these revelations also brings into question Mancini’s long term future at City. With the team failing to shine in the Premier League this season and facing exit from the Champions League at the group stage for the second season in a row, the manager may once again be in the firing line.
Whilst Monaco may no longer be an alternative to Mancini, the rumour sends a clear message that should the Italian be relieved of his duties at the Etihad, then his services will be available to the highest bidder.