16 May 2013

Platt leaves Manchester City

6:23 am on 16 May 2013

Assistant coach David Platt has left English football club Manchester City following the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini.

A club statement says Platt was offered the opportunity to continue his work with them but declined the invitation.

Platt, 46, and Italian Mancini were team-mates in Serie A at Sampdoria, then managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, in the 1990s after the England midfielder had spells at Bari and Juventus.

Platt, who also played for Aston Villa and Arsenal, returned to Sampdoria as manager before taking charge of Nottingham Forest and then the England under-21s from 2001 to 2004.