Italian was relieved of his duties at Eastlands last week after four years in charge in the north west.
Manchester City midfield player Samir Nasri has launched a stinging attack on recently-departed head coach Roberto Mancini, reports the Daily Mail.
The France international was brought to Eastlands from Arsenal by the former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan manager for a whopping £24 million in the summer of 2011.
However, it is fair to say that in the intervening two-year period, the Italian and his playmaker did not see eye to eye, with Mancini even publicly rebuking Nasri last season for not trying hard enough for the team.
Nasri, though, has since hit back at his one-time boss, who was sacked by City last week after the mega-rich Premier League outfit relinquished their top-flight title to arch-rivals Manchester United last campaign, as well as surprisingly losing the FA Cup final to relegated Wigan Athletic at Wembley earlier this month.
“Every single player has an ego so maybe to touch the ego of the player so that he can have a positive reaction – that’s what happened with me,” said Nasri.
“But maybe it doesn’t work with everyone.
“That’s where you can see a big manager is someone who is really smart and knows how to deal with every player because everyone is different.
“Maybe for me it is going to be okay that you go public and criticise me but some players need more affection.
“So it is a tough call for a manager to find a good balance between those situations.”
Nasri, 25, made 27 Premier League appearances for City last season, scoring only two goals in the process.