Man City Sack Roberto Manciniby Richard Smith / 12 May 2013, 14:36Tweet
Manchester City has announced that they have sacked manger, Roberto Mancini following the side's FA Cup Final defeat to Wigan Athletic.
Rumours about the Italian's future at the Etihad Stadium have been growing in recent weeks after last year's Premier League champions couldn't match local rivals, Man Utd, in the race to win back-to-back titles. The FA Cup provided the blues with an opportunity to end the season with some silverware but were the subject of a shock defeat at the hands of underdogs, Wigan, which ultimately resulted in Mancini being shown the door less than 24 hours later.
The former Inter Milan and Lazio boss joined Man City in 2009 after Mark Hughes was potted. He guided the team to FA Cup success in 2011 before winning the Premier League in 2012. However, failure to progress from the Champions League group stage in each of the last two seasons saw Mancini facing much criticism and the club's Abu Dhabi owners will surely expect more for their huge investment.
Current Malaga boss, Manuel Pellegrini, is the red hot favourite to take over from Mancini whilst Jose Mourinho is also at the head of the betting.