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David Platt leaves Manchester City

David Platt Credit: PA

Manchester City have announced that Assistant Manager David Platt has left the club.

They've issued the following statement.

"With regret Manchester City announce that David Platt has this afternoon left his role as Assistant Manager at the Club.

David was offered the opportunity to continue his work with us but has declined the invitation. He has decided to leave his role with his close friend Roberto Mancini.

David has made a significant contribution to the Club’s success since joining in 2010 and we wish him well with his career wherever that now takes him."

Favourites to replace Mancini at Manchester City

Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini pictured in February this year. Credit: Atlantico

Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is currently the odds-on favourite to take over at Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho, widely reported to be in line for a return to Chelsea, is a 7-1 second favourite to get a move to Manchester, while current PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti is a 16-1 outsider.

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City fans 'gutted' by Mancini exit

Manchester City fans have started to react on Twitter to the decision to sack manager Roberto Mancini:

Roberto Mancini 'failed to achieve stated targets'

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.

Despite everyone’s best efforts, the Club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the Club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.

– Manchester City statement

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Chairman: Mancini 'secured the love of our fans'

Roberto Mancini (left), chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and chief executive Ferran Soriano (right). Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the Board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years.

"He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the Club’s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012.

"I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship."

Pellegrini denies he is 'new Man City coach'

Manuel Pellegrini, the man hotly tipped to replace Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester City, has denied he is the club's new coach.

The Malaga boss issued a statement on the Spanish club's website, saying: "I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach."

Manuel Pellegrini said "nothing had been agreed" with Man City Credit: Fábio Poço/Atlantico/Press Association Images

However, the Chilean fell short of denying that his job situation might change.

He continued: "I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.

"Nothing has been signed and no agreement reached. I've been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me.

"I hope the future of this club will become somewhat clearer in the next few days."

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