Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City for failing to defend the Premier League title won last season, underperforming in the Champions League and his running battles with a number of the members of his squad, the
Confirmation of the decision to sack Mancini came on Monday, a year to the day that City won the league title in dramatic fashion, a late Sergio Aguero goal wresting the trophy away from Manchester United on goal difference. It was a different story this season, however, with United runaway champions, currently 13 points ahead of their near neighbours, having played a game more than City.
City’s statement on the decision to change manager 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.”
The Mirror claims Mancini’s numerous clashes with members of the playing squad – including goalkeeper Joe Hart, captain Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Samir Nasri and the now-departed Mario Balotelli – led the City hierarchy to believe the players had grown disillusioned with Mancini’s style, culminating in the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be drafted in to fill the vacancy after the end of the season but until then Mancini’s assistant, Brian Kidd, will take charge of City’s final two league games of the season and the post-season tour of the United States.
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