It may not have been the only reason, but Robinho‘s recent change of heart over his desire to stay at Man City may have had its roots in him knowing a little more than the rest of us re. Mancini taking over. Perhaps the new manager had already told the player that he was part of his plans. Obviously more victories like the one over Stoke at the weekend (and perhaps a couple of world-class arrivals in January) will help persuade him there’s a bright future ahead at Eastlands. Otherwise his signing will end up looking more like a statement of intent over a year ago rather than some concerted plan of City’s to push for the top.