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On this day: 19 December

  • 19 December 2012 10:00
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.

Saturday 19th December 2009

Following just two wins from eleven games, Mark Hughes is sacked by City who struggle for form, despite sitting sixth in the table.

Having finished tenth in his first season, Hughes rang the changes and a number of high profile names arrived at the club, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth BarryJoleon Lescott and Carlos Tevez.


The campaign started well, but a run of seven straight draws seemed to confirm Hughes’ future.

In his last game ‘Sparky’ waved to the crowd after a 4-3 victory over Sunderland.

Saturday 19th December 2009

Promising young manager Roberto Mancini succeeds Mark Hughes as manager at City.

The sacking of Hughes halfway through the 2009/10 campaign was met with surprise with a number of fans suggesting that the Welshman had not been given enough time to do the job.


Unfortunately, results had begun to conspire against the former Blackburn boss and so the board moved quickly to replace him with the Italian coach. 

Having made his name as a player at Italian club Sampdoria, Mancini’s reputation as a manager grew during spells at Fiorentina and Lazio before he moved to Inter Milan.

During his time at the Giuseppe Meazza, the City boss won three back-to-back titles, but couldn’t make the strides in Europe that had been expected by a demanding board.

As a result, Jose Mourinho replaced him in 2008.


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