Hours after he led Manchester City to a 4-3 win over Sunderland, the heavy-spending Premier League club announced that manager Mark Hughes
had been fired and former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini
will replace him.
City lost only twice in
17 league games, but a string of draws that left it in sixth in the Premier League standings, far off the lead.
"A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in
line with the targets that were agreed and set," chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
said in a statement. "[Owner] Sheikh Mansour
and the board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change."
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bought the club in September 2008 and pumped millions into
it, buying Robinho
, Carlos Tevez
, Gareth Barry
, Emmanuel Adebayor
, Kolo Toure
, Roque Santa Cruz
"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 favorable conditions for
any buying club," Al Mubarak said. "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."