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Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini
May 23, 2013, 10:10 pm

Roberto Mancini was sacked as manager of Manchester City  a year to the day after leading the club to the English Premier League title.City's shock FA Cup Final defeat by Wigan at Wembley meant they ended this season without any silverware and strengthened rumors Mancini, who replaced Mark Hughesin 2009, was about to be sacked.

The club's Abu Dhabi-based owners confirmed Monday the end of the Italian manager's three-and-a-half years at Eastlands, with a City statement saying: "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.”

"Roberto's record speaks for itself, he has clearly secured the love and respect of our fans," said City chairman Khladoon Al Mubarak."He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success."
The 48-year-old Mancini's time at City saw the club win a first major trophy in 35 years with the 2011 FA Cup, while last season's Premier League title was their first top-flight crown since 1968.Mancini's sacking came on the same day as United celebrated the 13th and final Premier League title of veteran manager Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford reign of more than 26 years with an open-top bus parade through Manchester.

The 71-year-old Scot is retiring at the end of the season having — unlike Mancini and many other managers — quit at a time of his own choosing.

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