Roberto Mancini Sacked : Manchester City v Norwich City
Roberto Mancini has been sacked as Manchester City manager even though City finished in second place in the Premiership this season, qualifying for the Champions League next campaign, and after winning the Premier League last season.
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Man City said he "had failed to achieve any of the club's targets, with the exception of qualification for next season's Champions League".
Assistant Brian Kidd will take charge for the final two games of the season and City's tour to America in late May. Malaga's Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has been strongly rumored to be in the running to replace Mancini.
"I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City," said Pellegrini. "I haven't signed any agreement with anybody."
City thanked 48-year-old Mancini for the job he had done since joining the club in December 2009. But the club said the failure to hit "stated targets" and the need to "develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club" prompted the sacking.
"Roberto's record speaks for itself, he secured the love and respect of fans," said chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. "He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success."
City added it was "a difficult decision" and "the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation".
Italian Mancini was in charge for three-and-a-half years, winning the FA Cup in 2011 and City's first top-flight league title for 44 years in 2012.
In July 2012, he signed a new five-year deal with the club.
But this term, City are a distant second to champions Manchester United, went out of the Champions League in the group stages and lost the FA Cup final to Wigan.
City were beaten by Ben Watson's 90th-minute header at Wembley as Wigan, struggling to avoid relegation from the Premier League in 18th place, became the lowest-ranked team to win the FA Cup since West Ham in 1980.
Manchester United secured their 20th league title last month with four matches remaining.
Under Mancini's management, City have been eliminated in the group stages of both their campaigns during his reign.
Mancini's sacking means the Premier League's major trophy winners from 2011-12 have now all been sacked. League Cup-winner Kenny Dalglish was dismissed by Liverpool last May, and FA Cup and Champions League-winner Roberto Di Matteo by Chelsea in November. In addition, Championship-winner Brian McDermottwas sacked by Reading in March.
City have two games remaining in the Premier League this season.
They face Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday before finishing their campaign at home to Norwich on Sunday and then travelling to America to play Chelsea in St Louis on Thursday 23 May and New York on Saturday 25 May.
Here is how Mancini's record compares to other top Premiership managers.
Sir Alex Ferguson played 809 games won 528; Arsene Wenger played 636 games won 366; Rafael Benitez played 253 games, won 140; Roberto Mancini played 133 games, won 82; Jose Mourinho played 120 games, won 85; and Carlo Ancelotti played 76 games, won 48.
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