Incredible, but not surprising!
Manchester City have sacked Mark Hughes after 18 months in charge and named Roberto Mancini as his successor, with Brian Kidd appointed his assistant.
News of Hughes’ departure came via a statement, issued just two hours after the 4-3 home win over Sunderland.
The Welshman had been appointed in June 2008, replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson.
But despite spending heavily on the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Joleon Lescott and Carlos Tevez, results have not satisfied City’s ambitious owners.
“A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set,” read a City statement.
“Sheikh Mansour and the board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change.
“This is a particularly difficult announcement given the personal investment over the past 15 months on all sides and we would like to put on record our respect for and thanks to Mark Hughes and we wish him the best in his future career.”
Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Kevin Hitchcock and Glyn Hodges have also left the club and further appointments will be announced in due course.
City currently lie sixth in the Premier League, having lost only twice in the league all season, and are through to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. (BBC Sport)
I don’t think you could call Mark Hughes’s start to this season a shambles, in fact whilst they were finding it hard to convert draws to wins they weren’t doing too badly at all, but nonetheless the Manchester City boss has been axed and Italian boss Roberto Mancini appears to be on his way to Eastlands as we speak.
Some may argue the logic of sacking a manager just before the busy Xmas period but perhaps the Manchester City money men wanted to get Roberto Mancini in before the transfer window re-opened and I would strongly suggest the Lazio and Inter Milan legend invests in some sound defenders rather than yet more strikers!