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Scott Sinclair slams City over treatment

30 Aug 2013, 17:30 IST

Scott Sinclair rues his time at Manchester City

On loan winger Scott Sinclair has spoken negatively of his time at Manchester City and stated that manager Roberto Mancini could not even provide a valid reason as to why he signed him, The Express reports.

The 24-year-old has had a turbulent year at the Manchester based club and a move to The Baggies is a welcome relief to the player who intends to make the move permanent.

After securing a £6 million transfer from Swansea he made just three starts under the Italian, who was shown the door at the end of the season.

Sinclair acknowledged that he has “had his differences” with Mancini, whose eccentric managerial style led to uneasiness in the dressing room, and that he made up his mind to leave  even before Manuel Pellegrini took over the reigns of the club.

He said: “I went to see Mancini and asked him, ‘Why did you bring me in if you’re not going to give me the chance?’ But he couldn’t answer the question.“I said to him, ‘You’ve given me no opportunity and no game time. Why am I here?’ Like any player, if you’re not getting your chance, then you’ll go and see the manager. You have to ask how you’re going to get your chance.“I went to see him a few times and we had our differences. It was the choice I made, so I never kicked up a fuss. But I don’t know why Mancini was sacked. He was under a lot of pressure at City.”The player got his career back on the right track with Swansea after finding limited opportunities with Chelsea. He confessed that he would think twice if one of England’s big clubs approach him in the future.Sinclair said: “It does frustrate you when you don’t get that opportunity and build up to nothing. It will make me think twice about joining a club like that at this stage in my career. I wasn’t happy there.

“Manchester City have some world-class players and it was frustrating not to get the chance to show the City fans what I’m all about.

“My mind was made up when the new manager came in, I was always going to get out and play.”

Sinclair turned down suggestions that his relationship with Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan may have had a role to play in his failure.

“My personal life has nothing to do with anyone, I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “I conducted myself well while I was there.

“I don’t think Mancini was bothered about my personal life, he just wanted results.”


Sinclair thinks that he has a better chance of making the cut for Roy Hodgson’s England squad at the Hawthorns than at the Etihad.

He said: “I want to kick-start my career. This isn’t a comedown for me, I’d rather play for Albion every week than be on City’s bench.

“The World Cup is coming up, the manager is putting new names in, so if I’m playing regularly, then why not me?”

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