Micah Richards has given his thanks to former manager, Roberto Mancini, and believes the Italian did a great job at City. Speaking whilst on post season tour, Richards said:
Mancini did fantastic in the three years he was here. The owners have decided they wanted a change and that was up to them but I’d like to thank Mancini for what he did for me. Winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield was brilliant, I’d never won anything before.
Under Mancini, Richards has become one of the best, if not the best, right back in the country. Despite missing the majority of the season through injury when fit he is a huge asset for City. It is only thanks to the outstanding form of Pablo Zabaleta this season that has made Richards’ absence less noticeable.
Richards’ career was going nowhere fast whilst under the management of Mark Hughes, who had a remarkable tendency to make good players look bad. Thanks to Mancini, however, Richards was able to recapture his form and realise the potential he had when he burst onto the scene as a teenager. With certain sections of the media readily listing Mancini’s faults since his sacking it is nice to see one of the players show some appreciation of Mancini.
Written by Robert Toole