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Mancini declines to speak to media

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini declined to speak to media.
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Axed Roberto Mancini declined to speak to the waiting media as his former Manchester City players left to prepare for tonight's trip to Reading.

Mancini, whose sacking was confirmed on Monday evening after days of intense speculation, was driven away from City's central London hotel shortly after 11am on Tuesday.

The Italian greeted the press hordes with a smile but refused to answer questions.

City's players, who had stayed in the capital following their shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan at Wembley, headed for Berkshire but also avoided the assembled media.

Assistant boss Brian Kidd will take charge at the Madejski - where a point will secure second place - and then oversee the club's final game of the season at home to Norwich on Sunday, before leading the players on next week's US tour.

Attention will now turn to Manuel Pellegrini, who is odds-on favorite to replace Mancini at the Etihad.

Pellegrini said over the weekend that he would leave Malaga at the end of the season but has denied having an agreement in place with City.

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