Over the weekend there was strong speculation indicating Roberto Mancini would be on his way out.
On Monday night Manchester City issued a statement on their website:
‘It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City Manager’.
‘This has been a difficult decision for the owner, Chairman and Board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the Football Club’.
Twitter went crazy as the news was broken and below are some of the best tweets:
May 13th 2012: Roberto Mancini wins the Premier League with Man City for the first time since 68. May 13th 2013: Mancini fired from Man City
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) May 13, 2013
In 6 days: Ferguson retires, Rooney “transfer request,” Mancini sacked, Mourinho to Chelsea still thought imminent. Journalistic meltdown.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2013
Mancini whoahMancini whoahThe man from ItalyIs sacked officiallyMancini whoah#mcfc
— Roddy Graham (@TheRoddyGraham) May 13, 2013
Manchester City sack Mancini after finishing 3rd, 1st, 2nd (probably). File this one next to Ancelotti’s termination at Chelsea.
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) May 13, 2013
Somehow, for the second time, City produced a situation where their outgoing manager was the last to know he was getting the sack
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) May 13, 2013
Mancini has been sacked because he didn’t get the best out of the squad. As simple as that. A football decision
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 13, 2013
Roberto Mancini becomes the 15th and final Manchester City manager to be seen off by Sir Alex Ferguson. #MUFC
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) May 13, 2013