Man City have sacked Roberto Mancini as manager. The Italian failed to retain the English Premier League, and lost out to Wigan in the FA Cup final in what will be his last match as manager for the club. The news broke late on Monday night, but had been speculated for weeks as he failed to meet the objectives of the board to retain the title, and get through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. A club statement read: “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.”
During his time with Man City, he spent in excess of £200 million on players who have let him down this season, unlike last. City will finish in 2nd place in the English Premier League, losing out to rivals Manchester United.
The favourite to succeed Mancini is current Malaga manager, Manuel Pellegrini. Pellegrini has taken Malaga to a Champions League place in the 2011/12 season, losing out in the quarter-finals this season to Borussia Dortmund. On May 11th, Pellegrini said he wishes to leave Malaga at the end of the season, due to their financial difficulties and their ban from playing European football. The Chilean manager is odds-on favourite to get the job.