12:29 14 May 2013
Italian Roberto Mancini, who is 48 years old, has been sacked as manager at Manchester City, the football club has confirmed.
News that Mancini was to be released from his post has been clarified via a statement from Man City. The club offered their thanks to him for his work over the years as manager there.
The statement also said that one reason for the decision to sack Mancini was because; he “had failed to achieve any of the club's targets, with the exception of qualification for next season's Champions League”.
The news comes exactly one year on from the Italian helping Man City football club take the Premier League title – something that has not happened in over four decades.
There has been much speculation that Manuel Pellegrini (named Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti), who is from Chile, could take over from Mancini, although this rumour has not been confirmed as of time of press.
Man City recently took defeated in the Champions League, as Wigan won the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 14th May, with the final score being 1-0 to Wigan.
The news surrounding the Italian comes after last week’s announcement that another football manager was to leave their role. This relates to Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as Manchester United manager.
Mancini went to Man City towards the end of 2009. He used to play football professionally, and was capped over 35 times by Italy. He has assisted Sven-Goran Eriksson in the past.
Other teams Mancini has managed include; Internazionale (Inter Milan), S.S. Lazio and ACF Fiorentina. This was between 2001 and 2013.
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