Brian Kidd has acknowledged that Manchester City have failed this season to kick on from last season’s Premier League title success, reports ESPN.
City finished the league season 11 points behind city rivals Manchester United, suffered a hugely disappointing Champions League exit at the group stage and also lost the FA Cup final to Wigan two days before Mancini’s sacking.
Kidd was frank in admitting the season has been an under-achievement with the club needing to get better for the next campaign. “We’ve got to look at where we can improve because the standards we set last season, we haven’t reached this season,” the 63-year-old said.
After a midweek win at Reading, City succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road to end the disappointing season on a poor note. “It’s been a really emotional week,” Kidd pointed out. “That’s not making an excuse. The defeat at Wembley, the boss going… it’s been a tough week.”
And Kidd has emphasised the importance of City’s next managerial appointment, with Manuel Pellegrini being consistently linked to the role since even before Mancini’s sacking. “The priority is to get a new manager first. That is the biggest priority. I’m pretty sure the club will scrutinise whoever they’ve got as candidates but the priority, for me, is the manager.”
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