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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Man City Axe Mancini, Line up Manuel Pellegrini as Replacement



Manchester City have sacked manager Roberto Mancini exactly 12 months after the Italian delivered the Abu Dhabi club its first Premier League title in 44 years.

Mancini’s sacking comes just 48 hours after he failed to beat Wigan in the FA Cup final which means the Citizens will finish the season without a silverware. The Abu Dhabi owners said in a statement that the 48-year-old had failed to deliver on the club’s targets for the season, the retention of the Premier League title the more apparent.

The former Inter Milan manager’s job was always going to be at risk after it became obvious they would lose out the league title to neighbours Manchester United as early as in April. The loss to relegation threatened Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final in Wembley proved to be the final nail in his coffin.

Mancini’s 3½-year stint in the Eitihad dugout saw him lead the club to its first major silverware since 1976 after he won the FA Cup in his first full season at the club in 2010-11. More success followed in his second year bagging the Premier League title on the last day of the season with a dramatic Sergio Aguero goal in the last minute of their encounter with QPR.

That guaranteed the Citizens their first ever appearance in the Champions League, the apex of European club football. However, Mancini failed to guide the club past the group stages, not once, but in two consecutive seasons in spite of spending big money.

It is the 2012-13 season however that the Sheikh Mansour-owned club have totally underachieved. City are guaranteed 2nd place and Champions League football next season but they have lost the premier league title to Manchester United, lost the FA Cup title to Wigan and were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stages and League cup in 3rd round.

The former Lazio and Sampdoria player will not be short of coaching destinations though and he is believed to be the number one target for French side Monaco. The club won promotion to Ligue 1 and are reported to be the destination for prolific Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao while Manchester City are lining up Chilean Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini as Mancini’s replacement at the Eitihad.

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