Since their crushing defeat in the F.A Cup final rumours have been rife over the future of Roberto Mancini at the Eithad and while the club remained tight lipped over the last 24 hours they have broken their silence this morning.
In a statement on the Manchester City website this morning the club has announced that they have terminated the contract of Roberto Mancini with immediate effect, the statement reads;
“it is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relived of his duties as Manchester City Manager.”
While it was thought that regardless of whether or not City won the F.A Cup that Mancini would depart the Eithad, the defeat has surely put the final nail in Mancini’s coffin.
A statement from Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak went on to say;
“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. This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the Club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.”
For fantasy managers it hopefully now puts an end to the constant rotation headaches caused by Mancini over his time at the Eithad and with Brian Kidd now set to take charge of the clubs final two games of the season we may well see him field the strongest side available to him as he looks to secure six points and his future at the club.
With a trip to Reading and home clash against Norwich still on their agenda, City’s upcoming pair of fixtures certainly offers plenty of opportunity for fantasy returns and with a game this evening at the Madejski, it’s now down to assistant boss Bryan Kidd to select the starting eleven for tonight and Sunday’s visit of the Canaries.
If you believe all the paper talk Manuel Pellegrini looks set to take over at the helm come the start of the 2013/14 season but for now it will just be a case of finishing the season as strongly as they can.
One thing we have noticed throughout the years of fantasy management is that when a manager leaves the players up their game as they look to impress the club and any perspective manager meaning that fantasy investment in the City squad could be a shrewd move for the final week of the fantasy season.
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