Mancini agrees new City deal
Roberto Mancini led Manchester City to the Premier League title last term
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has agreed terms on a new five-year deal with the Barclays Premier League champions.
The Italian, who had been linked with the vacant job as Russia boss, began discussions on a new deal at the end of last season and has committed to a long-term future at the Etihad Stadium.
A club statement read: "Manchester City Football Club today are pleased to announce that a new contract has been agreed with manager Roberto Mancini."
It continued: "The deal, which runs until the summer of 2017, follows the club's most successful season in more than four decades, which concluded in the most dramatic of circumstances in the team's thrilling 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers in May this year."
Former Inter Milan manager Mancini took over as City boss from Mark Hughes in December 2009. In his first full season at the club he ended a 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup and also secured Champions League football with a third-place finish in the Premier League.
Last season he wrote his name into the club's history books by edging Manchester United in the closing seconds of the season to win a first league title in 44 years.
"I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years," he told www.mcfc.co.uk. "The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous. Manchester City is a fantastic football club, from the owner, chairman, board and the executive team, through to the players, staff and fans.
"I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead."
Interim CEO John MacBeath added: "Roberto's managerial credentials have been well proven in Europe for many years and in leading a team which has won the FA Cup and an unforgettable Barclays Premier League title in successive seasons, his ability to manage in the English domestic game is also undisputed.
"This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours."
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Now that's settled its going to be interesting to see what happens on the transfer front
The finish to the Premier League title couldn't have been scripted any better than the way it panned out.
I was thrilled with Arsenal finishing third, when it looked like Tottenham had taken that position 7 weeks before the last fixture.
Chelsea took fourth slot by winning the Champions League, which was great - and I supported them for representing England. However, Tottenham should be in the Champions League as well as City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea. I think Spurs exclusion is an insult to the finishing position they gained to the Premier League. (So what if that would have meant 5 English clubs in the tournament - they would be there on merit!)
I feel pleased for City fans that Mancini has signed a new contract, but I hope it has a compensation clause in case he loses five games on the trot in the new season's start.
you wish he was leaving ,he certainly had the edge over old vimto nose last season ,so cant see that changing ,and as for your 5 teams challenging for the title ,well your right about chelsea ,spurs and arsenal ,but man uniteds geriatrics come on son
So if he retains the trophy this season with in your words a stronger Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Newcastle and of course United to contend with are you saying he deserves credit Malcolm?
Happy that City have a title after all these years, Im a red manc but all the family are blue so im ok with it all, however, the title was a draw on points,sure you can give them the edge on goal diff but it was gifted to them femember, yes Utd wouldve welcomed it had been the other way around,who wouldnt?,but remember you blue mooners that you only drew on points,hardly a runaway title team,one last thing,Ballo is ace but I dont think he will last a full season now his heads gone.
malcolm and salford red
united will never finish above city while mancini is manager
they wont finish in top 4 next season
can not afford players to keep up
I hope Mancini does the right thing and sends Joey Barton a case of the best champagne
without Barton's actions City would have lost the league and the Italian his job!