Daniel Taylor has an interesting interview with Roberto Mancini at the Guardian. We learn a lot about the Manchester City gaffer, his time growing up, his view on players that aren’t working hard enough (Samir Nasri) and players that are (Pablo Zabaleta). We learn of his views on Balotelli, and the Italian press.

We also learn how the Guardian Sport editor earned access to the City gaffer, as this was stuck in at the end:

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This is…well. A concern. The idea that clubs would “charge” media for access to their staff via something like an ad within the body of the article itself is an alarming development to say the least. It’s one thing for media organizations to disguise ads as editorials, but media should be allowed access without forced advertizing.