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Saturday 01 June 2013

Manchester City to announce new manager in next two weeks

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says new manager must have team playing beautiful football

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, left, wants City's new manager to have his team play beautiful football

The new manager of Manchester City should be announced within the next two weeks, the club’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said.

In an interview with the club’s website Al Mubarak said appointing the new manager was “the most important decision” for the club. Whoever is chosen will lead City when they play in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong next month, with a match against South China due first on 24 July.

"We have a wonderful team running this process internally,” Al Mubarak said. “They have created a shortlist of managers ... and we are pretty much done. We are very close. I expect to make an appointment probably in the next two weeks."

"We'd like someone with great man-management capability"
Khaldoon Al Mubarak

Al Mubarak did not give out the names of any candidates to succeed Roberto Mancini, who left the club this month, but did outline the approach that the club would expect of the new manager.

"We obviously want sustainable success for this club and [picking the manager] is absolutely the most important decision for a football club,” he said. "The type of person we would like running our football team is someone with great man-management capability and the ability to get the best out of the talent we have, get the best out of the youth we have and establish and continue a systematic approach from the youth team to the elite team and reserves."

'It was time for change'

Al Mubarak also explained why City decided on hiring a new manager. "We all felt it was time for a change," he said. "Our expectations were to come in and achieve more and move forward.

"I don't think we have achieved that this year and that is why we have to re-focus this summer on getting us back on track and again to winning ways. We are a club that has been designed to win championships. We are here to win, to play beautiful football.

"We are here to win, to play beautiful football"
Khaldoon Al Mubarak

"Roberto has done a great job for the club and everybody associated with Manchester City should be deeply appreciative of everything Roberto has done for this club. He's won us the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League, the Charity Shield. It's been a wonderful ride and Roberto has done an incredible job.

"I have the highest regard for Roberto as a coach, as a manager and as a friend and he will always be someone I will deeply regard as a good friend and a manager. But it was time for City for a change. We need something new. We need a change of direction and a decision was made that it was time to part ways.

"I wish Roberto all the best. He's a good manager and I will always be a friend for Roberto but it's time now to look at the new season, to prepare for the new season and to bring in a new manager for the club to continue this journey we have started and hopefully to take us to a whole new level."

Tickets for the finals day at the Barclays Asia Trophy on 27 July are sold out but are still available for 24 July, when Manchester City face South China and Tottenham Hotspur play Sunderland. To buy tickets for 24 July, click here.

To see a video of the full interview click here

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Key Points

  • Manchester City to announce new manager within next two weeks
  • Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said process to find successor to Roberto Mancini 'pretty much done'
  • Chairman says team is 'designed to win and play beautiful football'