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Roberto Mancini Sacked By Manchester City: Official Statement

Manchester City Football Club have sacked manager Roberto Mancini.

In an official statement by the club, it reads:

“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.

“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.’

“Assistant Manager Brian Kidd will take interim responsibility for the remaining two games of the season and the post-season tour to the United States.”

In the meantime, Manchester City reportedly continue their negotiations behind the scenes to try to sign Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini as their new gaffer to replace Mancini.

What’s your reaction to the breaking news? Do you think Manchester City made the right move by sacking Mancini, or did the club handicap the manager by not communicating with him and not giving him the depth in talent that he needed last summer? Share your reaction in the comments section below.

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  1. Why?

    May 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I think the owners didn’t look at the bigger picture i.e Moyes at Utd has an impossible job it’s pretty much the same as Wilf McGunniess after Busby for me he’s in a no win situation. McGunniess was also ‘hand picked’. Of course I fully understand the choice and think it is the right one but believe it won’t work, they could have gone for a more successful short term manager likeMourinho which would have.

    Mancini would have given stability during this time but on the other hand were they looking at the possibility of Mourinho going back to Chelsea and worrying about that? I think so if City sign Mourinho as manager which will be the only way the fans will be pacified over the Abramovich style sacking.

    I understand the sacking but still think it is to soon unless of course it’s all about getting Mourinho. Mancini seemed to be slipping back to 2011 in that when we were 1-0up he started to go defensive who ever we played, which as a fan was very frustrating and crap to watch, then of course there was the cup final. He failled every year to address the fact we had zero width making team pack out the centre which is difficult to break down. We had the best defence this year as well as the last few. Our attempts on goal were there just the not the goals. In all he was let down by some of his players who may or may not of liked him that much but at the end of the day they were mostly his signings and he paid the price.

    Pellegrini I don’t know about at all and disagree with him being that successful inSpain, right or wrong the fact is he was allowed to spend more money than any other manager ever in a single season yet didn’t win anything and face humiliation in the cups. I ask this how many none English speaking managers have do well with an English club? Ancelotti that’s it. Even more worrying how many South Americans have? None!

    I just hope it’s Mourinho, Klopp or Ancelotti come in and not Pellgerini, but if it is Him Ihope Im proved wrong on him.

  2. krawmn

    May 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

    So obvious. All the money poured into this team and they were less impressive than Chelsea at their height. Why? A manager who prefers defensive play and employs players and formation that create a rather narrow attack. Also, not very entertaining –even last year.

    Now take a look at AC Milan. Italian football? Quite a departure from tradition. No surprise Balotelli can enjoy playing with AC Milan. Still one of the most talented young strikers in the world.

    Pellegrini can fix Machester City, but I still doubt that a player like Samir Nasri belongs there. Jesus Navas and James Milner starting matches? already an improvement.

  3. gillyrosh

    May 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Fine, but they couldn’t wait until the season is over in a week’s time?

    • Oliver Tse Productions

      May 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Man City has nothing more to play for this season. The last EPL match on Sunday is a glorified friendly.

      The owner could have given Mancini the sack on Saturday night if he wanted to. There was no need to wait for Monday evening, during the Man United parade no less, unless the owner wanted to one-up Man United in the news.

  4. jtm371

    May 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    mark it down City will finish lower next year then this year in the EPL.

  5. Smokey Bacon

    May 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Why is anybody surprised? This club is being run like a Spanish or Italian set up where managers come and go all the time. Nobody lasts more than 3 years in Spain even if they win something. It’s a different model to that which is being implemented down the road at Old Trafford. Arguably it’s horses for courses. Stability and long term planning suite United because they are not loaded like City. When you have as much money as City you expect instant results. It’s just a different model. It will be interesting to see who wins in the long run. City fans should get used to it. The next guy through the door will probably be gone in 3 years even if he delivers a champions league.

    • Gary

      May 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      The new power brokers at City are former Barcelona personnel. The philosophy they want to implement was at odds with what Mancini wanted which is why he wasn’t backed in the transfer market. They are now free to bring in a manager that fits their philosophy. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

    • Taylor

      May 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      It’s also the same model implemented in Middle East countries in regards to their national teams: managers can be sacked anytime.

  6. Guy

    May 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Rafa, come to Stoke. We will adore you! I will iron your aprons!! 🙂

  7. Guy

    May 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    The league has gone nuts. The only managers who are “safe” anymore are those of mid-level clubs who manage to stay mid-level. Everyone else is subject to firing for “not meeting expectations”. The situation is laughable, but I don’t see a way out.

    • Guy

      May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      So, if Moyes doesn’t win something next year, he’s out!

  8. Dust

    May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    So…Mancini was as slightly more successful this season after reaching an FA Cup final than Fetgie was last year…. SAF wins nothing and no cup final…but stays…ohh and when CFC won the double and the 2 consecutive doubles SAF stays…

    Mancini has one allegedly poor season after winning the league and gets fired….

    So much for the “long term project”…. City fans must be livid… Although…when you have petro bucks funding you…what do you expect ? No soul!

    1 season! What a joke…pelligrini could be better its the BPL..not la liga…

    I really hope city implode after such poor treatment of the guy that brought them their 1st silverware… In 35+ years…. This stinks…I gong like this Abramovich syndrome…

    • Frill Artist

      May 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Lmao. Did you just compare Fergie in one season to Wankini??

  9. NeilO

    May 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Hope Wenger gets sacked too.

    • Oliver Tse Productions

      May 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Wenger will get the sack only if Arsenal were to finish 5th in EPL.

      That “could” still happen, depending on which “Wigan” will show up on Tuesday.

      • Gary

        May 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Even if Arsenal beat Wigan they could still end up 5th if they lose to Newcastle and Spurs beat Sunderland.

        I predict that Newcastle will beat Arsneal and Spurs will beat Sunderland and Arsenal will end up 5th. Then I can see Wenger leaving.

  10. Dean Stell

    May 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Man….this is so silly. I’m not saying that Mancini was without flaws, but I’m not sure City will get anyone better….or anyone who will do better with the side they have.

    • Oliver Tse Productions

      May 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      The “silliness” is what makes following these mega-clubs “fun”:

      – Barcelona (now fueled by Qatar natural gas money)
      – Real Madrid (fueled by a bottomless supply of government bailout money disguised as real estate deals and loans)
      – Chelsea (fueled by Russian oil money)
      – Man City (fueled by Abu Dhabi oil money)
      – Bayern Munich a.k.a. “FC Hollywood”

      There is no such thing as a “dull day” with these clubs around.

      In contrast, Arsenal is just about a boring a club as you can find, as the owner only cares about making the UEFA Champions League group stage each season. No trophies, no problem.

      • Taylor

        May 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        Spot on. Especially re: Real: yeah, they are rich, but their stadium deal was ridiculous.

    • Guy

      May 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm


  11. Matt

    May 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    It was apparent to me that Mancini was going to be out at the end of the year no matter what. I am grateful for what he has accomplished at City, but the club feels like it needs to move in a new direction. The new guys in charge from Barca want to install an ideology and want one of their guys in charge. I hope this works in the long run, but its amazing to see how much changes in a year. Mancini although he wasn’t perfect he got the results and built a culture of winning and for that we thank you.

    Forza Mancini!

  12. Sammy

    May 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    It’s obvious that even if City had won the FA Cup that Mancini was going to be fired. According to reporters who cover City, there has been player unrest and Mancini’s public criticism of players, like Hart and Nasri, didn’t help his cause. There’s more to this firing than just lack of trophies this season.

    If Pellegrini is the next manager then it’s not a bad choice as he is known for managing a team’s squad and getting them to buy into his philosophy. There is no questioning his ability. The big question is how long will it take to get City to buy into his philosophy? Will he be able to adapt to the EPL?

  13. Marc L

    May 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    What a circus. He didn’t help his cause with man management, but good god – are you required to win the EPL and/or Champions League every year?

    What manager lasts more than a year or two with ANYONE if that’s the case?

    • Oliver Tse Productions

      May 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      > are you required to win the EPL and/or Champions League every year?


      Mancini knew what he was getting into when he took the money from Abu Dhabi.

      He was supposed to win EVERYTHING, EVERY GAME, with flair, while entertaining your bosses.

      Grinding out ugly 1-0 victories while going undefeated will still get a manager fired at these mega-rich clubs.

      Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man City are all similar in this regard: win everything with flair while entertaining your bosses, or get fired.


      Would you prefer the “Arsenal” way instead? No trophies for 8 years, no problem for Wenger to keep his gig, as management at Arsenal only cares about making the UEFA Champions League Group Stage every season.

    • Guy

      May 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Absolutely, Marc. Expectations have become “reality”, at least in some owners’ minds. It’s insane…..and becoming worse.

      • Oliver Tse Productions

        May 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        Any wonder why Pep had to quit Barca on his own?

        Pep won 6 trophies in one year at Barca. There was no way to top that except if Barca were to win every match with flair while entertaining the Qatari masters who basically bankroll Barca.

        EPL will always be a circus as long as Chelsea and Man City throw Petro-currency at bigger-than-life characters.

  14. jtm371

    May 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Unbelievable one year removed from beating the Evil Empire for the EPL crown your gone.Early rumors Bobby could be off to Monaco not a bad consolation prize.

    • Marc L

      May 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      He’ll sure have better weather to deal with there!

      Kind of looking forward to them coming back up into Ligue 1. If they get Bob that is bang-on my second-favorite club.

      • john thomas

        May 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Agree 100%. Ill never forget what Mancini has done for City, not looking for excuses but two tough champions league groups in a row. Im nervous about Pellegrini’s transition to English game. Mancini tactics worked on Nasri past month as well.

      • jtm371

        May 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        Marc L
        i forgot the scenery is easy on the eyes!GO MONACO!

  15. john thomas

    May 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Any City fans traveling to Reading match tomorrow, let the owners know how you feel about getting rid of guy who went in to Old Trafford and won 6 bloody 1!!!!!!

    • Flyvanescence

      May 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      A day that will never be forgotten!

      • Mufc77

        May 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        Still living off past glory. Congratulations you’re just a rich Liverpool

    • Frill Artist

      May 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      20 champions. Okay, now shut up.

    • Taylor

      May 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Are you sure you want to do it to the owners ? They’re the reason City can buy expensive players. Will you pick the owner with new manager or Mancini without the current ownership ?

  16. john thomas

    May 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    this moves stinks of a Chelsea move. city have been unstoppable at home since Mancini too over. Pellegrini really hasn’t won anything I don’t understand how he is viewed as an upgrade. He spent 200 million in one season at Real for 2nd place. Mancini got Sinclair and guided city to 2nd place. Chelsea move top to bottom!!!!

    • kyle

      May 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I don’t like the firing of Mancini but if you think Pellegrini isn’t better then you haven’t followed his career.
      In his first season in Europe, after leaving S. America, he took Villareal to 3rd spot. In his 2nd year with them they lost to Arsenal in the Champions League semifinal. In his 4th year there Villareal finished 2nd breaking the Real Madrid-Barcelona monopoly.

      At Real Madrid, where the manager doesn’t buy the players but the board, they finished with 96 points a club record but finished 2nd to Barcelona. He complained that Madrid were an unbalanced squad.

      At Malaga they finished 4th in his first season and this year made it to the quarter final of the Champions League.

      Not a bad CV for a guy with a civil engineering degree.

      With the squad City has right now I predict Pellegrini will get City to finish with more points than this season and most likely win the title. Just my prediction.

      • MNUfan1991

        May 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        “Not a bad CV for a guy with a civil engineering degree.”

        You know who also has a C.E. degree? Osama bin Laden.

        And me.

        • Sammy

          May 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          You mean “had”.

          • Jacko 42

            May 14, 2013 at 10:20 am

            I believe the team play by the quality players in the squad has been most disappointing to all those interested in seeing City win silverware. Last year almost the same players lifted the Premiership playing by far the better football seen in the EPL for many years. Complacency and laziness has drifted into their game this season. This is something the manager has to nip in the bud and RM failed to do this. Yaya, Tevez, Djeko, Silva, Nazri and at times Joe Hart were often guilty of complacency. Some games they didn’t “turn up”. So the manager must take full responsibility for letting this side of their game continue. So for me Roberto has to be sacrificed. With all these ego’s around this is not your average job so please City make sure we get someone that has to win and also talks to the media like he is a winner, prefarably in English.

  17. Terry

    May 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    It’s dumb. Yes, Manchester City didn’t win in their UEFA CL group, against two teams that went to the semis. You’d think they’d decide not to fire him after seeing how Dortmund and Madrid progressed. The team also sabotaged the FA Cup by letting this news leak that day. All Mancini could do to try and win was put in management’s big summer buy: Rodwell. I’m disappointed to say the least.

  18. Flyvanescence

    May 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Mancini woah
    Mancini woah
    He comes from italy
    To manage man city

    Not happy about this at all. I think he deserved one more year; and by nt giving him a statement of support when the report broke just before the final, i think the club is to blame for the failure to win the FA Cup.

    Over the last couple years i have been impressed by his unorthodox methods that just very often seemed to work.

    For example, last year, he out-tacticked and outsmarted Fergie en route to winning the title. Taking the pressure off the players in the final weeks by insisting there was nothing to play for was brilliant, and he also managed to turn much of the media scrutiny on himself instead of his players (besides Balotelli of course).

    He also swallowed his pride and allowed Tevez back into the squad, knowing it would help with the title push he was simultaneously denying was possible.

    This year, after his extremely controversial public criticism of Samir Nasri, the midfielder mysteriously started playing well.

    Yes, i know his management had its faults, but lets appreciate the man who brought glory to this club after 35 years of nothing.

    • Taylor

      May 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Mancini is Mourinho’s lite: a buyer but is not a developer. Look at his Inter squad. Don’t forget how he won the scudettos.
      He’s a good manager but constantly moaning for more players really annoys me.

  19. Pete

    May 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I’m a United fan. It’s ridiculous what goes on with the hiring and firing of managers. I speak from the heart on this because I’ve been a college basketball coach in the US for over 14 years.

    Managers/coaches aren’t allowed to build anything. People making the decisions just expect a winning mentality to happen over a few years. They don’t understand what “stability” can provide to a club/program.

    I understand the money City has put into their club. But that doesn’t buy a championship. It takes years for players and staff to gel.

    The only excuse I can give for City deciding to fire Mancini is that I think he may have “quit” coaching his team. He used post-match interviews to vent his frustration at the team and their performance. My opinion is a manager/coach should keep that stuff “in house”. You don’t use the media as a sounding board against your players. Number 1: You lose the players’ trust. Number 2: It makes management feel that you don’t have control over the situation.

    Anyway, let’s see who’s next.

    • David

      May 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Agreed, Pete. But if you look at the stereotypes of the new top clubs in the PL there is a variety of examples of success = or =/= to money or stability.

      The average fan of each club in my opinion probably thinks the following.

      United- Money & stability= success
      Chelsea- Money & no stability = success
      Arsenal- No money & stability = failure
      Man City- Money & no stability = ?

      Will the cut-throat approach at Chelsea work at Man City? Arsenal fans are clearly fed up with Wenger, despite the stability. United had (has?) the best of both worlds.

      Time will tell if it was the right move I guess but I do find it interesting how the biggest clubs in the league all act quite differently.

  20. Daniel

    May 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    They are probably equally at fault. The managers are falling into place early this summer. City want to find their guy and are also allowing Mancini to get himself out there early for another job.

  21. jtm371

    May 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    new man new system step back.

  22. Flyvanescence

    May 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm


  23. Mufc77

    May 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm


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