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Man City fires manager Roberto Mancini

Published:Monday | May 13, 2013 | 9:33 PM


Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on today, exactly one year after he delivered the club's first English league title in 44 years.

The Italian coach, who had four years remaining on his contract, was ditched just as players from rival Manchester United were being cheered through the streets as they paraded the Premier League trophy that they re-captured from their neighbors.

City said its end-of-season review was brought forward "out of respect for Roberto" after it was reported that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up to replace him.

Mancini's final days in charge were marked by his attacks on City for failing to deny those reports.

For his part, Pellegrini is only denying that a deal is in place, leaving open the possibility that he could be headed to the Premier League.


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