Hughes sacked as City manager, Mancini to step in

BY foxsports • December 19, 2009

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.

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