Interim boss Brian Kidd feels it would have been a “travesty” had Manchester City failed to finish in second place.
City secured a 2-0 win at already relegated Reading on Tuesday thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko to ensure they will finish in second place in the Premier League after a difficult few days at the Etihad Stadium.
The club suffered FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic on Saturday, Roberto Mancini was axed as manager on Monday, and his assistant David Platt left the club the following day.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is considered the favourite to replace Mancini but former Chelsea and current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has also been linked with the vacant role as the speculation continues over who will succeed the Italian.
Kidd was delighted with his side’s victory over Reading and admits it came as a relief to secure a second-place finish amid the turmoil and speculation currently surrounding City.
“What has gone on in the last 24 hours was a shock to the staff, and before the game I would have just taken the result, to get the three points and take second place,” he said.
“It’s all credit to the players – they are the ones who have had to put up with stuff off the pitch. I am pleased for them because it would have been a travesty if we hadn’t finished second.
“I was asked to take charge for two games, and, being a Manchester lad, I couldn’t say no. I wouldn’t have been able to walk down Market Street if I had.
“You’d have to ask the players how they feel. We appreciate the fans, and they were disappointed, and we were disappointed, on Saturday. What you’ve seen is a combination of a couple of things, but I think it was a relief because it has been a tough 48 hours.”
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