Roberto Mancini fired by Manchester City
There will be a changing of the guard at both Manchester clubs this summer after it was confirmed that Roberto Mancini had been fired by City.
May 14th, 2013
The club’s owners stated that the reason behind Mancini’s sacking was a failure to meet any of the set targets this season, although it was ironic that his departure comes exactly a year after the Italian led the club to the Premier League title.
There was widespread speculation that Manuel Pellegrini would replace Mancini even before Saturday’s FA Cup final, with the Malaga coach hot favourite to assume the Etihad Stadium hot seat, although Jose Mourinho could yet be persuaded to take charge.
City’s statement said: “It is with regret that Manchester City football club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City manager. 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.”
Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, said: “Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour [the owner], 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 [winning the 2011 Cup] 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.”