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Sacked Man City boss Mancini: I was too big for Soriano

Sacked Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has slammed chief executive Ferran Soriano.

Mancini dismissed Soriano's football knowledge, despite his time as Barcelona's general manager and vice-president, pointing out he worked for airline Spanair before being hired by City.

He suspects Soriano was behind his sacking and made a point of praising owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

"Soriano?" he said. "For him I was too big within the club. A manager in full control, loved by the fans still today.

"He judged a person and a context without knowing anything about the people he should have dealt with.

"I never thought of him as an interesting person from a football perspective. We never spoke the same language. And I'm not talking about Italian, Spanish or English.

"His past at Barcelona? I think he was coming from an airline. I've been in football since I was 13 and I had never heard anything about Soriano.

"He arrived in England with his manager role and I saw that he loves to speak, to get media exposure."

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