Hughes sacked as City manager, Mancini to step in

Manchester City has fired manager Mark Hughes and appointed former

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini as his successor.

Less than two hours after a 4-3 victory over Sunderland

lifted the club up to sixth in the Premier League standings, City

announced Saturday that Hughes was out.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said that “a return of two wins

in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets

that were agreed and set.”

Hughes had been in charge since June last year and had the

backing of the vast wealth of the club’s new owners to try and get

City, which last won a major title in 1976, into the top four of

the Premier League.

City spent more than 200 million pounds ($328 million; ?226

million) on new players including Robinho, Carlos Tevez, Gareth

Barry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Roque Santa Cruz and Joleon

Lescott.