Mancini’s reign at City this season ended


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Roberto Mancini’s time at Manchester City is over.

The Italian was sacked as manager a year after steering the club to the Premier League crown.

City’s 1-0 loss to lowly Wigan in the FA Cup final this season was deemed as the final straw in his dismissal.

Tipped to replace him is Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Mancini, 48, got the axe after winning the FA Cup and Premier League trophies in his three -and-a-half years at the Etihad Stadium. City wound up second to Manchester United in the league competition following a woeful season.

Set to take over City’s remaining two games of the season, away to Reading on Tuesday and then at home to Norwich, is his assistant coach Brian Kidd.

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. ‘’

Mubarak added: “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.’’

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