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Balotelli unsurprised by Manchester City sacking Mancini

The 22-year-old has hailed his former boss as a "great manager" but believes problems inside the club could have resulted in Sunday's shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli insists he is not surprised the club have sacked Roberto Mancini.

The 22-year-old endured a mixed relationship with Mancini during his time in the Premier League but was eventually sold to AC Milan in the January transfer window following a training ground bust-up with the Italian manager.

Mancini was dismissed after City's shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday amid reports linking Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini with a move to the Etihad Stadium.

Balotelli has hailed Mancini as a "great manager" but believes a lack of squad harmony under the Italian could be a reason for City's failure to win a trophy this season.

“I’m not really surprised, but I know when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I’ve ever played with," Balotelli told CNN.

“I don’t know why they didn’t win [the FA Cup], but obviously there were some problems inside. I am here, so I don’t know.”

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