Kidd leaves Man City coaching staff after 12 years

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Manchester City assistant coach Brian Kidd left the club on Friday after 12 years with the backstage squad of the Premier League champions.

Kidd was part of City winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cup titles in his time at the Etihad Stadium.

The 72-year-old played for Manchester United and Manchester City before starting his coaching career with a stint as boss of the youth team at Old Trafford.

He helped United’s famous ‘Class of 92’ – along with David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers – become first-team stars before becoming Alex Ferguson’s assistant in 1991.

Kidd joined City in 2009 as head of technical development, but was promoted to Roberto Mancini’s assistant a few months after his arrival.

Kidd briefly served as interim manager after Mancini left in 2013 and remained assistant to Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola.

“It has been a privilege to be part of such an exciting chapter in the history of this club,” Kidd said on City’s website.

“I can only thank Pep, Roberto and Manuel for their leadership during a time of enormous change and challenges for everyone involved here.

“I hope I gave them enough help and support along the way to make a difference and play a small part in the success of the different teams.”

Guardiola brought Kidd to his post-match press conference following City’s fourth straight League Cup final success in April to express his gratitude for his assistant’s contribution.

Guardiola said on Friday: “Brian Kidd is a legend in this country. Not only for what he has done here at Manchester City, but at other clubs throughout his incredible career,”

“He was so important to me during my time at the club, and I’m sure for Roberto and Manuel too. He has so much respect in our dressing room, of myself, my coaches and especially the players.

“Her experience helped us achieve something very special while staying here.”

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