Roberto Mancini sacked

  • Last Updated: May 14 2013, 0:06 BST

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been sacked, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Roberto Mancini sacked

The 48-year-old's future had been the subject of intense scrutiny over the last few days.

Mancini learned on Monday night he had been relieved of his duties after failing to achieve the club's "stated targets" for the season.

The news comes exactly a year to the day after City won the Premier League in dramatic circumstances on the final day of last season.

But it is Mancini's failure to build on that achievement that has seen his three-and-a-half year tenure brought to an end.

A club statement read: "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.''

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City's statement added that assistant manager Brian Kidd would be placed in interim charge for the remaining two matches of the season and the forthcoming tour of the United States.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to take over full time, having been linked heavily with the post since last Friday night.

Despite a disappointing season, Mancini will leave with a fine record having won the FA Cup in 2011 and last season's first title win in 44 years.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "Roberto's record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, 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 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."

City began the season with high expectations but their title defence has been an underwhelming one and they failed to progress beyond the Champions League group stage for a second successive year.

They can still secure second place by claiming a point from their final two games against Reading and Norwich but Saturday's dismal defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final further dented their ambitions.

Rumours Mancini could be dismissed have recurred throughout the season but have gathered momentum since Friday evening.

  • Dec 2009: After sacking Mark Hughes, Manchester City confirm Roberto Mancini's arrival on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
  • Dec 2009: Wrapped up in his soon-to-be trademark scarf, the Mancini era opens with a 2-0 Boxing Day with over Stoke - the first of four successive wins.
  • Jan 2010: Mancini makes his first City signing, luring former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira back to the Premier League from old club Inter Milan.
  • April 2010: Mancini wins his first Manchester derby, a League Cup semi-final first leg, but loses this league clash after a last-minute Paul Scholes goal.
  • May 2010: City had moved into fourth place in the Premier League a few weeks earlier but defeat to Spurs sees them miss out on the Champions League
  • Aug 2010: Mancini begins revamping his squad, recruiting Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng.
  • Aug 2010: Mario Balotelli arrives, taking City's summer spending to well over £100m, but the season is marked by mixed runs of form.
  • March 2011: City occupy top spot twice over the Christmas period but their form tails off and they dip out of the Europa League with defeat to Dynamo Kiev.
  • April 2011: The team replies strongly, though, winning eight of their next 10 - including a feisty FA Cup semi-final against neighbours United.
  • May 2011: City miss out on second place in the Premier League to Chelsea on goal difference but go on to win the FA Cup, beating Stoke at Wembley.
  • May 2011: Yaya Toure's 74th-minute goal ensures City end a 35-year trophy drought.
  • Aug 2011: Sergio Aguero arrives for a club-record fee and City win 12 of the first 14. Mancini inflicts United's worst loss since 1955 - a 6-1 thrashing.
  • Sept 2011: But there's trouble with Tevez. Mancini brands him "finished" after a spat at Bayern Munich. The striker heads to Argentina for three months.
  • Nov 2011: Defeat to Napoli leaves City on the brink of a Champions League exit. They beat Bayern Munich a month later but finish third in their group.
  • March 2012: The Europa League is still to play for but despite a rousing rally, City lose out to Sporting Lisbon on away goals. Mancini takes the blame.
  • May 2012: The ultimate high comes two months later when Aguero's dramatic winner against QPR wins City the title on goal difference.
  • May 2012: Mancini becomes the second Italian manager to win a Premier League title after Carlo Ancelotti with Chelsea in 2009/10.
  • Nov 2012: A 1-1 draw with Real Madrid sees City's Champions League dream dashed for a second successive season.
  • Jan 2013: Reports emerge of a training-ground bust-up with volatile striker Balotelli, who soon leaves.
  • May 2013: City concede their Premier League title to United and then suffer a shock defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final. Mancini is sacked two days later.
A look back in pictures at Roberto Mancini's career as Manchester City manager.

Mancini hit out at club officials for failing to quell the speculation after the cup final but no denials were forthcoming.

He continued with business and took training at QPR's Loftus Road ground as the team stayed down south ahead of Tuesday's trip to Reading but the conjecture intensified and ended with this perhaps inevitable outcome.

Mancini's position seemed impregnable when he was rewarded for last season's success with a five-year contract last summer.

There have also been mitigating factors to this season's disappointments, notably injuries, a failure to land prime transfer targets and a notable decline in form of several of last year's stars.

On the surface results, to outsiders, also seem no cause for shame but there have been suggestions that his man-management style caused further issues.

Mancini can be a brusque and distant figure at times and what have seemed awkward comments about players such as Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Samir Nasri and even Vincent Kompany at times, have seemed unnecessary.

That contrasted with the indulgence which he seemed to show the controversial Mario Balotelli, whose many controversies distracted the club from their objectives for too long before his sale in January.

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