Associated Press  |  Last updated May 14, 2013
After ending Manchester City's long wait for silverware and tipping English football's balance of power to the blue half of the city, Roberto Mancini established the perfect platform to dominate the Premier League - and perhaps Europe - for years to come. The Italian had wealth beyond his rivals to draw on and a collection of the best players in the world at his disposal. How did it all go so wrong in the space of 12 months? Poor dealings in the transfer market, the appointment of new personnel in the club's technical staff and an apparent lack of motivation among players are the underlying factors in City's undoubted regression this season, ultimately costing Mancini his job. From a position of strength, City is now back behind Manchester United and likely to face fresh challenges next season from a Chelsea team set to be revitalized with the hiring of Jose Mourinho, as well as from a Liverpool team widely expected to continue its improvement under Brendan Rodgers. Lucrative ne...
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