On This Day 2009: Hughes sacked by Man City and replaced by Mancini

On This Day 2009: Hughes sacked by Man City and replaced by Mancini

Mark Hughes paid price for a run of two wins in 11 games as he sacked as Manchester City manager and immediately replaced by Roberto Mancini.

City owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak had become increasingly convinced that Hughes, not man to steer the club into top four. Despite a summer transfer outlay of £120 million.

Nevertheless, Hughes was axed with the club sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table – a position the owners had previously indicated would be an adequate return for the campaign.

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Mark Hughes failed to win the support of City’s owners (Martin Rickett/PA)

Hughes had brought in Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure for a combined fee of £40 million, but neither impressed while the form of Robinho also remained a constant concern.

Speculation had to mount that Hughes set to replaced by Mancini. And City’s senior players informed of decision minutes. After an entertaining 4-3 win over Sunderland.


The appearance of Mancini at Eastlands had fuelled suggestions that Hughes’ 18-month reign was about to come to an end, and he seemed resigned to his fate as he watched Roque Santa Cruz seal three points against the Black Cats.

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Mark Hughes immediately replaced by Roberto Mancini (Martin Rickett/PA)

The 45-year-old Mancini guided Inter Milan to three successive Serie A titles. From 2006, and Khaldoon said in a statement. “Roberto hugely experienced manager with a proven track record of winning trophies and championships.”

With Brian Kidd as his number two, Mancini would ultimately enhance his reputation by leading City to a dramatic Premier League title win in 2012, after a dramatic final-day win over Queen’s Park Rangers.

He signed a new five-year deal in July 2012. But club owners growing increasingly restless. And Mancini dismissed in May the following year, three years after a shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.

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