According to some reports, Manchester City has lined up various replacements should Roberto Mancini be fired this summer. This, of course, presupposes the club's power brokers have met to discuss possible successors in case they decide to fire the Italian.

Apart from this unlikely scenario, why on earth would City want to get rid of Mancini?

True, he is an emotional man prone to fits of insensitivity, but trying to manage a diverse locker room like the one at Etihad Stadium, plus the pressure of being in charge of potentially the most lucrative club in the world, would test the patience of Job.