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    Default Roberto Mancini Replaces Mark Hughes As Manchester City Manager

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    Italian Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as manager for football club Manchester City. Hughes was sacked by the club on Saturday saying that a run of two wins in 11 games was not good enough.

    Welshman Hughes, a former player with Manchester United and Chelsea, was immediately replaced on a permanent basis by Mancini. Brian Kidd, the former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford will assist Mancini.

    City in their statement said, “Prior to the current season beginning, with significant investment in players and infrastructure in place, the consensus between the Board and coaching staff was that appropriate agreed targets should be set for the 2009/2010 season.”

    "The targets were agreed as a result of the player acquisition strategy of the club being radically accelerated in the summer as a result of very favourable conditions for any buying club.” "It was also based on the fact that the infrastructure of the club had been overhauled completely at great cost in order to create the best possible environment for the team.”

    "A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set. Sheikh Mansour (the owner) and the Board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would immediately change."

    Mancini, who led Inter Milan to three straight Italian Serie A titles, has no experience of working in England but City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said that he had no doubts in Mancini’s capabilities and was confident about his choice.

    He said, “Roberto is a hugely experienced manager with a proven track record of winning trophies and championships. His experience and track record speak for themselves.” "What is absolutely clear is that Roberto believes in Manchester City's potential to achieve at the highest level and importantly in his own ability to make this happen."

    Hughes had taken the charge of City in June, 2008, just two months before the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group.

    City finished 10th in Hughes' first season in charge and the club then spent more than 100 million pounds ($161 million) on players including Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Joleon Lescott.

    This season, City has lost just twice in the league, including a win over leaders Chelsea.



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