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Fired Roberto Mancini thanks Man City fans in full-page advert in local newspaper

  • FILE - A Saturday, May 11, 2013 photo from files showing Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini during a line up at the start of their English FA Cup final soccer match against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium, London. Manchester City has fired manager Roberto Mancini after conceding the Premier League title to rival Man United and finishing the season without a trophy. The club announced the decision Monday, May 13, 2013, on its website.The Italian is departing after less than four years in charge, having ended the club's 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in 2011 and then leading the team to its first league title in 44 years the following season. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)The Associated Press

  • FILE - A Saturday, May 14, 2011 photo from files showing Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini holding aloft the English FA Cup Trophy as he celebrates their win over Stoke City at Wembley Stadium, London. Manchester City has fired manager Roberto Mancini after conceding the Premier League title to rival Man United and finishing the season without a trophy. The club announced the decision Monday, May 13, 2013 on its website. The Italian is departing after less than four years in charge, having ended the club's 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in 2011 and then leading the team to its first league title in 44 years the following season. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)The Associated Press

Roberto Mancini has bid farewell to Manchester City fans by taking out a full-page ad in the local newspaper, thanking them for their support during his 3 1/2 years in charge.

The Italian was fired by City on Monday after failing to win a major trophy this season, even though he guided the club to the Premier League title 12 months earlier.

In an ad in the Manchester Evening News featuring a picture of a waving Mancini above the three trophies won at the club, he writes "You will always be in my heart" and signs off with "Ciao."

The headline reads "3 Unforgettable Years."

Retiring Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said Friday that it's "quite amazing" that Mancini was fired.