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After the Premier League runners-up sacked Roberto Mancini, his former assistant is hoping to move on swiftly after their final game of the season ended in defeat to Norwich City

Manchester City assistant Brian Kidd says that the club will look to improve on their trophyless season after an "emotional" week which saw Roberto Mancini sacked as manager.

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The Italian's former aide, who stepped in as interim boss for the final two games of the Premier League season, oversaw a dramatic 3-2 defeat to Norwich City on Sunday and suggested that the turbulence of the preceding days had had an effect.

"It's been a really emotional week," Kidd told the club's official website. "That's not making an excuse. The defeat at Wembley [in the FA Cup final], the boss going ... it's been a tough week.

"I think we all seem a bit washed out at the moment. I think we're drained, to be perfectly honest."

After relinquishing their league title to Manchester United, losing to Wigan at Wembley and failing to get out of their Champions League group, the 63-year-old is aiming for significant improvements next term.

"We've got to look at where we can improve because the standards we set last season, we haven't reached this season," Kidd observed.

"The priority is to get a new manager first. That is the biggest priority. I'm pretty sure the club will scrutinise whoever they've got as candidates but the priority, for me, is the manager."

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