Man City sack manager Roberto Mancini, Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini hot-favorite
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been sacked by the club’s management. The Italian boss has been fired 44 years after he guided Manchester City to their first League title in 44 years.
Roberto Mancini lost the Premier League title to archrivals Manchester United before losing the FA Cup title to Wigan Athletic last week. A third round exit from the League Cup and a Group Stage exit from the Champions League were also results that prompted the Manchester City board to take action.
It is believed the shock 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday dealt the final blow to Roberto Mancini’s career at Manchester City. The former Inter Milan manager has been sacked after spending three and a half years at the club.
Presently, Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the hot-favorite to take over the Manchester City hotseat, although the Chilean just recently denied being approached by the Premier League outfit.
“It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City Manager,” an official statement read on Manchester City’s official website.
“This has been a difficult decision for the owner, Chairman and Board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the Football Club.
“Despite everyone's best efforts, the Club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League. This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the Club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.
“Assistant Manager Brian Kidd will take interim responsibility for the remaining two games of the season and the post-season tour to the United States.”
Roberto Mancini had gained a lot of support for the two big trophies he provided Manchester City with in his last two years. The Italian boss was a favored character among Manchester City ranks because of reigniting the intense rivalry with Manchester United.
“Roberto's record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the Board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years,” said Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
“He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the Club's 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012.
“I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.”