This post was guest-blogged by Soccerlens.
The English Premier League is one of the most attractive options in the world, not just for top players, but for the top managers in the world. From José Mourinho to Pep Guardiola, these days no ambitious manager considers his CV to be complete without a stint managing one of the big English clubs – and nowadays Manchester City are unquestionably one of those clubs. Therefore, the news that current manager Roberto Mancini was seriously considering bailing out of the Etihad towards the end of last season to take a job managing French outfit AS Monaco (who are now in the French second division, no less) is surprising to say the least.
Of course Monaco are also a very wealthy club (being bankrolled by billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev) and there can be little doubt that living in Monte Carlo has plenty to attract most people, but this still seems surprising. After all, for an ambitious manager the French league cannot currently compete in terms of quality or prestige with the Premier League, meaning in strict career terms it would probably have been regarded as a step down. So, if the reports are true, was Mancini drawn to Monaco purely because of the lifestyle that it offered him?
Probably not, because the discussions between the Italian manager and Monaco reportedly took place at a time when the Manchester club appeared to have squandered their chances of winning the Premiership title, suggesting that perhaps Mancini felt he would be out of a job at the end of the season anyway. The biggest downside to the Man City job is the pressure to meet expectations. If you would like to check out the latest odds for Mancini to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked then you should definitely give bwin a try.