Platt added to City’s coaching staff

Manchester City have named the former England midfielder David Platt as their new first-team coach.

Current City manager Roberto Mancini played alongside the 44-year-old when the two men were at Sampdoria together.

"David brings a wealth of experience to his role as coach and will enhance what is already an excellent team of staff," Mancini told the club's official website.

"I know he will make an important contribution to the club. We had a great relationship as team-mates many years ago.

"Having David here at the start of pre-season training was an important factor, and I am very pleased that the coaching team will be in place as we prepare for the start of an exciting campaign."

Platt is perhaps best remembered for the dramatic last-gasp goal he scored for England in the 1990 World Cup against Belgium that helped Bobby Robson's side reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

He was capped 62 times by England and played for Aston Villa, Juventus and Arsenal as well as Sampdoria.

Platt, who will work alongside assistant manager Brian Kidd and coach Fausto Salsano at Eastlands, has had spells as manager of Nottingham Forest and the England Under-21 team since ending his playing career.

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