MCFC have sacked Mark Hughes with immediate effect. Roberto Mancini takes over with former City striker Brian Kidd becoming Assistant Manager.
The promotion of Brian Kidd to Assistant Manager is a safe move. Kidd served in the same capacity for Manchester United and England. Kidd is best remembered however by me, as a goal a game striker for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL after he had moved stateside. A Manchester native, Kidd played for both United and City.
Hughes did the best job he could with a club that lacks the continuity or stability to truly contend for major honors. This having been said, he made a number of mistakes on the job, and if City is as ambitious as the ownership claims, an upgrade was eventually needed.
Roberto Mancini is a solid hiring. Of the available names on the market he was in my mind the most qualified to manage City. Nonetheless, City’s season and future hangs in the balance and the side could either finish in the top four or flirt with relegation by making a change at this point in the campaign.
Hiring a manager from outside England is often times a disastrous move for Premiership clubs, particularly in the winter. A manager from Italy is unlikely to have any real idea of how to tactically cope with the brutal winter weather that grips traditional Lancashire. I also have serious concerns as to whether Mancini understands the English game, and knows how to work with players who are either British or have spent the bulk of their professional careers in England.
However, I still consider Mancini a better hiring than Guus Hiddink (who recently failed to qualify the most talented Russian team since the USSR’s breakup, for the World Cup), Jurgen Klinsmann (whose player moves with Bayern Munchen were as perplexing as some of Hughes worst moves) or just about anyone else that is currently availible.
We’ll have much more on the sacking, tomorrow morning UK time.
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