Kolo Toure has come out in defence of manager Roberto Mancini, saying the club need to give him time to instil his ideas at the club.
Mancini was appointed in December following the sacking of Mark Hughes and has led the team to fifth in the league. But a 2-0 defeat in midweek to Everton, City’s first loss at home this season, has seen the blues slip five points behind Spurs in the race for fourth and increased the pressure on the Italian.
But Toure has stated it would be wrong to replace the manager. “We can’t keep changing manager. Every time it happens we have to adapt to a new way of thinking under a new manager. He knows how to win trophies, but it takes time and it cannot happen straight away. We need to adapt to his system.”
It really goes without saying that the blues could do without changing the manager again. Since their move to Eastlands, the club has seen five different managers in seven years, a statistic that is not befitting a potential top four club.
Keegan, Pearce, Eriksson, Hughes and now Mancini have all managed the blues since 2003 and the club are desperate for stability. “When you build a club the only way is to have continuity,” says Toure. “Look at Manchester United, where Ferguson has been for 24 years. Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 14 years and for the last five he didn’t even win a thing, but he’s still there.”
On Mancini’s touchline bust-up with David Moyes, Toure said it was the reaction of a manager who wanted to finish fourth. “It showed his fighting spirit, but it’s the first time I’ve seen him like that. It was actually quite funny.”
Let’s hope the regulatory commission see the funny side when they hear Mancini’s improper conduct case on April 19th.