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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini leaves the team hotel following his team's feeble defence of the Premier League title they won exactly one year ago. Picture: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini leaves the team hotel following his team's feeble defence of the Premier League title they won exactly one year ago. Picture: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini leaves the team hotel following his team's feeble defence of the Premier League title they won exactly one year ago. Picture: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth.

ROBERTO MANCINI will pocket a one-off payment of €8m as he packs his bags at Manchester City.

The Eastlands club confirmed late last night that they had lost patience with Mancini for the team's failures this season and he was sacked on the spot, a year to the day since City clinched the Premier League title.

Mancini will not be out of work for long as he's now the favourite to take over at Napoli – who were last week linked with Giovanni Trapattoni – with Monaco also a possibility.

The Italian had four years left on his €8million-a-year contract at City but under the terms of his deal he will only be paid up one year's salary as compensation for his sacking.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is expected to take over from Mancini, but assistant Brian Kidd will take charge for the rest of the season.


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