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Manchester City assistant coach Brian Kidd set to leave after 12 years in role

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Kidd set to leave assistant coach role at Manchester City after 12 glittering years and 13 major trophies – with popular 72-year-old a trusted confidante to Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini at the EtihadBrian Kidd will leave Manchester City as 12 successful years at the club72-year-old has served under three managers and helped club win 13 trophiesKidd remained part of the coaching team when Pep Guardiola arrived in 2016Guardiola invited Kidd to a dual press conference after Carabao Cup successKidd won the European Cup with Man United in 1968 and later joined City  

Brian Kidd is set to leave Manchester City after a glittering 12 years with the Premier League champions.

The 72-year-old has served Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, winning 13 major trophies and three Community Shields in the process.

A hugely popular member of the backroom team, Kidd has acted as a confidante for staff and players in recent years.

Brian Kidd is set to leave Manchester City after 12 years with the club’s coaching staff

Kidd and Pep Guardiola pose with the Premier League trophy after their triumph last season

Guardiola – who was told by sporting director Txiki Begiristain to keep Kidd on his team when appointed in 2016 – made a significant gesture after City’s latest Carabao Cup triumph in April.

Kidd was taken aback when invited by the Catalan to join him for a dual press conference following the victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

‘I want to share this with Brian,’ Guardiola said. ‘A legend of this country, many years at United and now City. I love you.’

Kidd has the distinction of playing and coaching at both Manchester clubs, first at United and then with City.

The striker scored United’s pivotal third goal in extra-time of the 1968 European Cup final win against Benfica before picking up four league titles as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Kidd, who hails from Collyhurst – a mile away from the Etihad – scored 44 league goals on the blue side of Manchester and has been at the club for every trophy during the Sheikh Mansour era while coaching.

Kidd and Guardiola with City and England star Phil Foden on the training ground

Young City forward Liam Delap, who scored his first senior goal last term, recently credited Kidd for helping hone his finishing while training up with Guardiola’s first team.

The veteran, who is not retiring, continued to have an impact at the City Football Academy, while club staff would make sure to locate a suitable church for Kidd to attend Sunday mass on away trips.

Set-piece coach Nicolas Joever is also leaving the club, with Under-18 boss Carlos Vicens stepping up to Guardiola’s staff in his place. 

Former Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy is considered a frontrunner for the vacant Under-23 position. 

The 72-year-old, pictured with keeper Ederson in training, was a trusted confidante of players and coaches alike at Manchester City 

Kidd said: ‘It has been a privilege to be part of such an exciting chapter in this Club’s history.

‘I can only thank Pep, Roberto and Manuel for their leadership during a period of huge change and challenges for everyone involved here. I hope to have offered them enough help and support along the way to have made a difference and played a small role in the different teams’ successes.

‘Having also played for Manchester City, it was very special to return and throughout the last 12 years I have felt the warmth of the leadership, the staff and of the fans throughout. I am incredibly grateful to all of them.

‘I would also like to say what an honour it has been to witness the evolution of the Club under the stewardship of Sheikh Mansour and leadership of Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

He also worked under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium during an era of trophy success

‘I am a Manchester man, and the work that has been done to improve the City of Manchester and the local community is fantastic. I wish only the best for Manchester City moving forwards.’

Guardiola said: ‘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 has been so important to me during my time at the Club, and I am sure to Roberto and Manuel also. He has so much respect in our dressing room, from myself, my coaches and most importantly the players.

‘His experience has helped us to achieve something very special during his time here and I speak for everyone at Manchester City when I thank him for everything he has done.’

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