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Manchester City sack manager Rpberto Mancini

Post  Panda on Tue 14 May - 8:20

Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini was sacked on Monday night as Manchester City manager after
enduring a torturous 72-hour wait for the club’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy to come
clean on the worst-kept secret in football.

Shown the door: Roberto Mancini
was sacked as Manchester City manager on Monday night Photo: GETTY

By Mark Ogden

12:01AM BST 13 May 2013


On Sunday night Mancini was told, by chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak, that his
tenure would be terminated, though it was a further 24 hours before the axe

With City’s move for Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini being confirmed in Spain
on Friday evening – the eve of the FA Cup final defeat against Wigan Athletic –
Mancini had been facing the humiliating prospect of managing the team against
Reading at the Madejski Stadium tonight as the club’s board failed to make a
swift announcement on the Italian’s future yesterday.

But after taking training at Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road yesterday
morning, Mancini was informed of his dismissal by City chairman Khaldoon al
Mubarak last night on the grounds of his failure “to achieve any of his stated
targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s Uefa
Champions League”.

City claimed that the decision to sack Mancini was a result of senior figures
having “identified the need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of
football at the club”.

Chairman Al Mubarak, the driving force behind Mancini’s appointment as
successor to Mark Hughes in December 2009, added in his statement his hopes for
a “continued friendship” with the Italian, who is now expected to receive offers
from AS Roma, Napoli and Monaco.

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Ironically, the axe fell on Mancini exactly a year to the day since Sergio
Agüero’s injury-time winner against QPR on the final day of last season secured
the Premier League title for club – City’s first league championship since 1968.

Brian Kidd, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant at Manchester United, will
take charge of the team at the Madejski Stadium tonight and against Norwich City
on Sunday after Mancini’s staff followed him out of the exit door last night.
Kidd will also lead the squad on next week’s tour of the United States, where
City will play high-profile friendlies against Chelsea in St Louis and New York

Having signed a five-year contract worth £7.5 million-a-year last summer,
Mancini is expected to receive at least one year’s salary in compensation for
his dismissal, but he is unlikely to be out of work for long.

Roma, who sacked coached Zdenek Zeman earlier this season, have identified
Mancini and Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti as favoured candidates to
become the next permanent manager at Stadio Olimpico.

And with Walter Mazzarri delaying a decision on signing a new contract at
Napoli, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis is prepared to offer Mancini a
£4 million-a-year deal to move to Naples, the home city of Mancini’s wife.
Monaco, who courted Mancini last summer, are also interested in Mancini with
Claudio Ranieri’s future at the club currently uncertain.

Although Mancini’s anticipated successor Pellegrini has denied that an
agreement is in place with City, the Chilean’s representative met with City
sporting director Txiki Begiristain in Madrid two weeks ago and it is understood
that terms of £3.4 million-a-year have been agreed with the 59-year-old former
Real Madrid coach.

But with Malaga’s La Liga campaign not due to end until the beginning of
June, there was a concern within the City hierarchy that sacking Mancini without
a manager in place could create a power vacuum at the club.

Mancini’s departure will be welcomed by the club’s players, who have endured
a fractious relationship with the manager for the past 18 months. High-profile
fallouts with captain Vincent Kompany, England goalkeeper Joe Hart and
midfielder Samir Nasri have done little to help Mancini’s position in the eyes
of the board and Begiristain.

The unhappy nature of the squad is one element of the club’s decision to part
company with Mancini just 12 months into his lucrative contract. But having been
set the twin targets of retaining the Premier League title and progressing from
the group stages of the Champions League this season, Mancini’s fate has
ultimately been sealed by his failure to achieve either.

Even before Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat against Wigan at Wembley, Mancini
was regarded as a lame duck manager by the club’s power brokers.

A board meeting at the team hotel on Saturday morning concluded with no show
of support or backing for Mancini and the inability of the club’s communications
department to issue assurances over the manager’s future had been a telling
aspect of the past four days.

Monday night’s statement, issued just before 10.30pm, ultimately explained
why the silence from the club had been deafening.

City's statement in full

"It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto
Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City manager," the
statement said.

"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.

"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 to the
progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship."
Last Year the Hero, this Year the Villain.....that's what you get for Foreigners owning Football Clubs , no loyalty..Arsene will be the next.
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