Emmanuel Adebayor says Roberto Mancini “is not a great Coach”, stating “at every club he goes to, he buys 40 players”.
The pair were together at Manchester City, where Mancio won the Premier League in 2012, but the Togolese international wasn’t impressed by the Zenit St Petersburg boss.
“The Coach, Roberto Mancini, didn’t have control over the dressing room,” Adebayor recalled.
“He annoyed the 25 players. Mancini was a great player, but he’s not a great Coach. So far he’s won what, exactly?
“At every club he goes to, he buys 40 players. When [Jose] Mourinho took over Inter after him he had 40 international players. What are you doing?
“I was there in Manchester and he signed [Edin] Dzeko, [Mario] Balotelli, [Carlos] Tevez, [Sergio] Aguero… five world-class strikers.
“If he’d told me I had to leave I’d have done it, but he said ‘I need your football’. I’d play, I’d score, then the next day he’d pull me out: ‘that’s fine, but we’ll play differently against Manchester United…’
“The players were talking among themselves and no-one wanted to play for him, it wasn’t like that with [Didier] Deschamps at Monaco.”