More coaching changes

Alex Livesey

Following Roberto Mancini's sacking City have moved quickly to clear house with first David Platt electing not to continue in a role at the club and then it being announced that the 'Italian contingent' of Ivan Caminati, Fausto Salsono, Massimo Battara, Angelo Gregucci and Attilio Lombardo all departing 48 hours after Mancini.

With Lombardo's departure City have moved quickly to appoint Patrick Vieira, previously the Football Development Executive at the club, as the new Head of the Elite Development Squad, with Vieira saying:

"After spending two years working across a number of areas of the Club and with a particular focus on the Youth Academy, I feel honoured and privileged to have been offered this role. This marks a new chapter both in my career and in my life and I am looking forward to it immensely. My passion for the development of young talent has only grown in my time at City and I am pleased to be able to play my part in helping to shape the footballing future for Manchester City."

And with echoes of the club's commitment to the 'holistic approach' across all aspects of the playing department, Ferran Soriano believes Vieira to be the ideal candidate to head up the role:

"Patrick's role is of the highest long term importance for the Club. The ability of the Academy, the Elite Development Squad and the First team to work together using the same football concepts is key to our success and sustainability."

The summer of change has begun.

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