Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/24/14
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The writing, as they say, was on the wall. Not to mention on Roberto Mancini's face, as the fiery Italian manager could scarcely muster any emotion during his final games along the sidelines as Manchester City manager. Other than bemusement at his bad fortune, or so it seemed. And thus on Monday, a year to the day after City's miraculous last-shot-in-the-last-second capture of their first Premier League title in 44 years, and less than a year since signing a new five year, $53 million contract, Mancini was fired by City. All managerial firings can be second-guessed, but few will question this one, as it stands firmly up to logic. Where City had zipped impressively through the 2011-12 season, this one was a slog -- fanciful soccer become suddenly fraught -- wherein they never looked likely to prolong their title once the business end of the season dawned. Paired with a second consecutive disastrously premature exit in the UEFA Champions League group stage and Saturday's loss in the...
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