Manchester City last night sacked manager Roberto Mancini.
Rumours that the Italian was to be axed and replaced with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini have gathered momentum since Friday, the eve of City’s shock FA Cup final loss to Wigan.
Mancini hit out at City officials for failing to extinguish the speculation after that humbling defeat at Wembley but there was no comment from the club until they broke their silence by confirming Mancini’s time was up late last night.
A statement on the club website read: “It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City manager.
“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 the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.”
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “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. 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.”
Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take interim responsibility for the remaining two games of the season and the post-season tour to the US.
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