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Reports suggest that Roberto Mancini is on the verge of being sacked as City manager with Chilean Manuel Pellegrini ready to take his place at the Etihad Stadium next season

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Manuel Pellegrini is reported to be lined up to replace Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester City at the end of the season.

Mancini's departure could even be finalised within the next 48 hours, before his side’s trip to Reading on Tuesday evening. Mancini will not be leading the club’s post-season tour of the US – with Brian Kidd set to take charge of the two games against Chelsea should Pellegrini not have signed by then.

Pellegrini has denied that a deal has already been signed between the two parties, but the Chilean manager is set to leave Malaga at the end of the current league campaign.

Mancini's imminent departure has angered many City fans, who still regard with fondness the Italian who guided them to FA Cup success and a first league title for over 40 years in 2012.

Pellegrini's resume with Villarreal and Malaga is highly impressive, but he was sacked as Real Madrid manager after finishing second to Barcelona in La Liga and crashing out of the Champions League to Lyon.

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