Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday, exactly one year after he delivered the team's first English-league title in 44 years.
Manchester City’s Mancini
is fired a year after title run
Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday, exactly one year after he delivered the team’s first English-league title in 44 years.
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The 48-year-old Italian, who had four years remaining on his contract, was dismissed just as players from rival Manchester United were being cheered through the streets by tens of thousands of supporters while they paraded the English Premier League trophy they recaptured from their neighbors.
Team officials said their end-of-season review was brought forward “out of respect for Roberto” after it was reported Manuel Pellegrini, who is the Malaga of Spain manager, has been lined up to replace him.
Mancini’s final days in charge were marked by his criticism of City management for its failure to deny those reports.
Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take charge of the team for the last two matches of the season.
Paris party turns violent
The celebration to honor Paris Saint-Germain’s first French-league title in 19 years was cut short after clashes between fans and riot police left 30 people injured. Police made 21 arrests.
Police commissioner Bernard Boucault said, “The conclusion you can draw is that there won’t be more any more events like this in a public place for Paris Saint-Germain.”
About 800 officers were deployed to contain the fans, Boucault said, but it took several hours to bring the situation under control after store and car windows were smashed near the Champs Elysees. In a statement, team officials said, “The party was spoiled by a few hundred troublemakers who have nothing to do with football.”
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