Manchester City have sacked Roberto Mancini a year after leading City to their first league title in 44 years.
City failed to back their title-winning manager over the weekend as the build up to their FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic was overshadowed by newspaper reports linking them with the Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini.
Mancini's men succumbed to a disappointing defeat against Wigan at Wembley, and that performance, coupled with a shocking defence of the Premier League title and another failure in the Champions League group stages, means Mancini’s time in Manchester is up after a relatively successful spell.
A statement by Manchester City thanked the Italian for his work at the Etihad Stadium, which read: "It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as 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, added: "Roberto's record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of owner 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."
Mancini’s assistant, Brian Kidd, will take over the final two games of the season and City’s post-season tour to the United States, but the club will be hoping to unveil Pellegrini as their new manager soon.
The former Villarreal and Real Madrid manager is an odds-on favourite for the job ahead of the likes of Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti.
The decision will come as a huge blow to Manchester City fans that had called for consistency before the manager’s departure. The vast majority of Manchester City’s fans chanted the Italian’s name on Saturday despite their humiliating cup loss.
Mancini’s sacking come just a year after leading Manchester City to the most dramatic league title triumph courtesy of a last-minute winner from Sergio Aguero against QPR, but his failure to land another trophy has led to his dramatic exit.
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