Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday, exactly a year after he delivered the club's first English league title in 44 years.
The Italian has paid the price for Man City's failure to build on its position of strength. The club set to end the season without a trophy after losing the FA Cup final and exiting the group stage of the Champions League for the second straight season.
''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,'' City said in a statement.
''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.''
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 hi...