Before you look at what went wrong for Manchester City in the FA Cup final you first must give credit to Wigan.
You can't take anything away from them; they got off to a good start and played exceptionally well throughout. They were clearly up for the occasion and ready for battle and actually dominated the game – it was very impressive from them.
That contrasts sharply to City though and the occasion just showed up one of the big failings of Roberto Mancini as a manager since he arrived at Manchester City.
He just does not seem to be able to get the best out of the squad at his disposable. Often I have sat and watched City play and thought – they don't look ready.
Sometimes you get away with it, maybe something happens in the match that sparks everything into life but more often than not you don't get going if you have not prepared in the right way - and that for me has been a real problem for City under Mancini.
Mancini does not seem to be able to fire up his players – this was an FA Cup final and yet City seemed to turn up thinking: "We are going to win this easily, this will be comfortable, even if we don’t start well, we have the better players and we are going to win this."
But football doesn't work like that and City were suitably punished by a much more enthusiastic Wigan team.
Obviously you have to give Mancini some credit for winning the FA Cup in his first season and the Premier League in his second but you have to look at them this season and reflect on what direction they are going.
Last season they won the league but this campaign they have allowed a far from vintage Manchester United team to run away with the title.
When City won the league you would have expected them to kick on given the financial muscle at their disposal.
It should have been up to the other clubs to play catch up, they were in the Champions League, they could have attracted any players they wanted to but instead they made of a mess of it.
They have been really poor in the Champions League for two seasons and you can't consider yourself an elite club until you have impressed in that competition.
The club knows they must improve in that area and that could be why it appears they are going to go for Manuel Pellegrini who did a great job in that competition with not just Malaga but also Villarreal in the past. He's tactically very astute so I can understand why they are interested in him.
Whoever does come in at City, I think their very first job is to get control of the dressing room. There always seems to be too many people at City who feel they should be guaranteed a place in the side and when they are not playing, they're sulking, and that affects everyone. The new manager needs to defy everybody's role and make sure players react the right way when they don't play.
As for Mancini, I sense we may have seen the last of him in English football. I just can't see any of the league's big clubs being interested in him and likewise I don't think Mancini would take a job with a club lower down the table who are not fighting for the Champions League places.
There is nothing wrong with Mancini's CV as a coach and a manager, he won things at Inter too and the City fans seem to love him because he ended their barren spell without trophies, but he has never seemed to be able to move away from his doubters.
People look at his success and wonder if it had more to do with luck than great coaching. There are too many things that count against him and ultimately his legacy in England will be as a manager who never fully convinced.
Going back to Wigan and it says something about modern football that they could win the FA Cup and it will still be considered a disappointing season because they look set to be relegated.
In the past winning the Cup would have constituted a great season no matter how you did in the league.
However, we are heading into the biggest television deal ever and that tells you all you need to know. Football has become all about that money – it is a sad development – but we have all been part of creating this monster.
Wigan have been getting away with it at the bottom end of the table for a number of years but it looks like they are finally going to go down this time. People have hailed Roberto Martinez as a great manager, but, for me, if he was so good, Wigan would not be fighting for relegation every season. They have not been able to move away from that level.
On their day they are very good – as they showed in the Cup final – but that day doesn't come often enough, it has caught up with them and they are going to get relegated.
Martinez will probably move on to another club and I think it will be really interesting to see how he does as I'm still not sure where he lies in the scheme of things – whether he is actually a very good manager or whether he will forever be with clubs flirting with the relegation spots.