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


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 Etihad

  • Brian Kidd will leave Manchester City as 12 successful years at the club
  • 72-year-old has served under three managers and helped club win 13 trophies
  • Kidd remained part of the coaching team when Pep Guardiola arrived in 2016
  • Guardiola invited Kidd to a dual press conference after Carabao Cup success
  • Kidd 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Kidd with manager Roberto Mancini before City's defeat to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final

Kidd with manager Roberto Mancini before City’s defeat to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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