Italian departed the club earlier this month.
Manchester City defender Gael Clichy says that recently-departed head coach Roberto Mancini must shoulder most of the responsibility for his sacking at Eastlands, reports the Independent.
The France international was brought to the mega-rich Premier League club by the Italian from Arsenal for just £7 million in July 2011 and admits that some players at City may not have given their all for the former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan coach last season.
Mancini was sacked by City last week after the club had finished the campaign as runners-up to city-rivals Manchester United a year on from having won their first-ever Premier League title, while they also suffered the ignominy of losing the FA Cup final to relegated Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
However, in his four-year stay in the north west, Mancini still managed to win both the Premier League title and the FA Cup, while in total he won 113 of his 191 matches in charge of the club giving him an impressive overall win percentage of 59.
“He’s the manager and you have to take responsibility,” said Clichy. “The manager is there to make the choices.
“Of course, when results are good it’s all down to the manager. When the results are not so good, it’s also down to him. We have to be aware that he was probably at fault for this, but as players on the pitch we also have to take responsibility and also know that we didn’t perform.
“Whether we played three, four or six at the back – that doesn’t matter, you have to give 100 per cent and sometimes this year we didn’t give anything.”