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Roberto Mancini sacked by Manchester City

Roberto Mancini has been sacked as the Manchester City manager, a year to the day after winning the Premier League.

The club said “he (Roberto Mancini) had failed to achieve any of the club’s targets, with the exception of qualification for next season’s Champions League”. Assistant Brian Kidd will take charge for the final two games of the season and also a tour to America in late May. Kidd has also experienced success after Manchester City beat Reading 2-0 in last night’s encounter in the Barclay’s Premier League.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been the bookmakers favourite to be the next man in charge at the Manchester club. On Sunday evening, the 59 year old insisted there was no deal in place for him to become the new Manchester City boss “I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City, I haven’t signed any agreement with anybody”. The Chilean coach spent a season in charge at Real Madrid in 2009-10.

In a recent statement, Manchester City had thanked the 48 year old for the job he had done whilst being at the club since December 2009. However, the club said the failure to hit “stated targets” and the need to “develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club” prompted the sacking.

“Roberto’s record speaks for itself, he secured the love and respect of fans”, said the chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. “He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success”. City added it was “a difficult decision” to part with Roberto Mancini, explaining it was “the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation”.

A replacement for Mark Hughes was the Italian manager Roberto Mancini who had been in charge for three and a half years. He managed to win the FA Cup in 2011 and City’s first top flight league title for 44 years in 2012, a year to the day before his sacking. In July 2012, Roberto Mancini signed a new five year deal with the club.

The weekend saw the Manchester giants clash with newly relegated Wigan Athletic at Wembley for the FA Cup final. Everyone believed Manchester City were going to dominate the game and the odds were highly against Wigan to win. In the 90th minute Wigan were awarded a corner and substitute Watson headed home the winner for Wigan Athletic.

Author Daniel Foster.
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