Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano wants ‘beautiful football’ as club enters post-Roberto Mancini era

By Colin Henrys

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano will be ringing in a new era of  beautiful football as the club rebuilds following Roberto Mancini’s sacking.

Former Barcelona chief Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain, who also joined from the La Liga giants, want City to model themselves on the Catalan club.

After sacking Italian boss Mancini they spoke of developing a ‘holistic approach’ and Soriano explained it is about developing the same football philosophy at all levels of the club.

“We are looking to play very good football, very beautiful football,” he told CNN. “When we are playing good football, then we will win.

“So it is not only about winning, it is developing football that is attractive and it will be played by our first team in Manchester, our young teams in Manchester and also our teams in New York.

“We want to share the same football concepts across all our teams.”

Soriano also defended the sacking of Mancini, admitting the Italian had been successful in winning the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League last year.

Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, who has confirmed he will be leaving Spain along with his coaching staff this summer, is favourite to take over.

And Soriano believes the change in manager and coaching personnel will launch a new era of success at the Etihad Stadium.

“It is not that Mancini did anything wrong,” he added. “We are just in another cycle, in another era.

“We have a fantastic squad. We want to play better football and we want to continue winning.

“Now we are just looking for the next step, the next cycle.”

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