Platt turned down Man City stay out of loyalty to Mancini

Former Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has left the club out of loyalty to sacked manager Roberto Mancini despite being offered the chance to remain at the deposed Premier League champions, the Daily Mail has reported.

The services of Mancini were dispensed with by City on Monday, a year to the day that City won the Premier League title on the final day of the season against Queens Park Rangers. The decision came shortly after City were beaten by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with Mancini carrying the can for not achieving the targets set by the City hierarchy this season.

A club statement on Platt’s decision to leave the Etihad Stadium said: “With regret Manchester City announce that David Platt has this afternoon left his role as assistant manager at the club.

David was offered the opportunity to continue his work with us but has declined the invitation. He has decided to leave his role with his close friend Roberto Mancini.

David has made a significant contribution to the club’s success since joining in 2010 and we wish him well with his career wherever that now takes him.

Former England captain Platt was a teammate of Mancini’s at Sampdoria in the 1990s, having started his senior playing career at Crewe Alexandra. From there Platt moved to Aston Villa before heading to Italy, playing for Bari and Juventus, as well as Sampdoria, returning to English football with Arsenal in 1995.

Platt also briefly managed Sampdoria, had a longer spell in charge of Nottingham Forest and spent three years as the Coach of the England Under-21 side, having won 62 caps for the senior international team, scoring 27 goals.

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