Saturday, 19th December 2009

Manchester City have sacked manager Mark Hughes and replaced him with former Inter boss Roberto Mancini. The news came just a matter of hours after City had defeated Sunderland 4-3 at Eastlands.

In truth Hughes’ sacking comes as no surprise, especially given the club’s dismal form of late. It had been revealed earlier this week that City chief executive Gary Cook had inquired about the availability of Russia coach Guus Hiddink, according to Hiddink’s agent, and from that moment Hughes’ position appeared very insecure.

Hughes’ replacement, Roberto Mancini, reportedly took in the match against Sunderland from the Eastlands stands and a decision over Hughes’ future must have been made before kick-off.

Manchester City current sit in 6th spot in the Premier League and recently confirmed progression to the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they will meet local rivals Manchester United.

Roberto Mancini arrives at Eastlands as a keen student of the English game, having enjoyed a spell as a player with Leicester City. He will be assisted by Brian Kidd.


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