Roberto Mancini sacked as Manchester City manager

Roberto Mancini is sacked as Manchester City manager after three-and-a-half years in charge of the club

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Roberto Mancini led City to their first league title in 44 years in 2012 Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Mancini has been sacked as Manchester City manager after three-and-a-half years in charge of the club.

The 48-year-old’s future had been a source of constant speculation in recent days, with Manuel Pellegrini the firm favourite to succeed the Italian at The Etihad Stadium.

Málaga boss Pellegrini on Monday denied that he had agreed a deal to replace Mancini, who guided City to their first league title in 44 years last season and the FA Cup in 2011.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Roberto’s record speaks for itself, he has clearly secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success.

“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.”

The news comes two days after City were beaten 1-0 by relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

A City statement said that the decision was “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.”

It continued: “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 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 club’s post-season tour to the United States.

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