The departure of Roberto Mancini from the hot seat at Manchester City is said to have come as a ‘shock’ to the City staff.
Mancini (pictured above) was axed just two days after their shock 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Speaking on Tuesday night after the 2-0 win at Reading which earned City second spot in the league Brian Kidd said: “What has gone on in the last 24 hours, it was a shock to the staff.”
The ex-Sampdoria player had been in charge for three-and-a-half years, steering them to FA Cup success in 2011 and their first Premier League title in dramatic fashion last season.
But it seems his failure to win a trophy this time around has cost him his job, although it is probably City’s failure to seriously challenge rivals Manchester United for the title that has seen him ousted.
The owners seem to have run out of patience very quickly with the Italian, but United fans will be delighted that their directors decided to keep faith with Sir Alex Ferguson during his early year in the job at Old Trafford.
In January 1990, with United struggling in the league and trophyless in three years under Ferguson, the pressure was mounting on the boss.
The FA Cup was his only chance of silverware - and seemingly, salvation - so the last thing he needed was a trip to high-flying Nottingham Forest in the third round.
If you believed the tabloids, defeat would have seen Ferguson sacked, but in the end United triumphed thanks to a late goal by Mark Robins, a 20-year-old youth-team product made good.
This is often looked upon as a turning point in Ferguson’s United career which saw him claim 13 Premier League titles and and the and possibly City’s owner Sheikh Mansour should have given Mancini a little more time to build his own empire.
It seems football clubs such as Chelsea and City are reluctant to play the long game nowadays and are keen on a quick fix.
Returning to the FA Cup final, a sporting legend from Scarborough who helped win the cup in 1963 for Leicester City is looking for a helping hand for a reunion this month.
Former Boro player and coach Colin Appleton has been invited to the 50th anniversary of the Foxes’ 1963 FA Cup-winning squad at Grace Road on May 26, but unfortunately due to poor health neither he or his wife can drive down to Leicester.
Any local football fan willing to drive Colin there and back on the day for the reunion will be granted free admission and a cream tea. The reunion is part of a book-signing for Chris Westcott’s book about Appleton’s teammate Davie Gibson
If anyone wants to help Colin they can call Westcott on 01323-736590.