What a shower! Manchester City AXE man in charge of their £200m training complex amid complaints over water temperature, broken doors and repairs taking too long
- Manchester City have sacked the man in charge of their training facility
- Mark Muncer’s job included ensuring everything was in order for Pep Guardiola
- Complaints were made about the state of the facilities at City Football Academy
Manchester City have sacked the man in charge of their training facility amid concerns he was not keeping the £200million complex up to scratch.
Mark Muncer’s job included ensuring everything was in order for Pep Guardiola at the state-of-the-art base across the road from the Etihad Stadium.
Complaints were made about the state of the facilities at the City Football Academy, of which Muncer was manager. They included concerns over the temperature of the water in the showers used by the players, issues over broken doors and queries over the amount of time it was taking for repairs to be carried out.
Mark Muncer has lost his job at Man City after complaints were made about club facilities
Muncer’s job included ensuring everything was in order for Pep Guardiola at the complex
Other concerns were raised about the general upkeep of the facility, which was built at lavish expense in 2014.
One source disclosed that staff have regularly commented on things ‘not being as they should’. However, there are club officials who feel Muncer has been scapegoated and that he is unfortunate to have been shown the door.
Muncer, described as a well-liked figure, had been at City since 2010 and made the switch to the current facility from their old base at Carrington, where he was general manager.
Spread over 80 acres, the City Football Academy was opened to great fanfare five years ago
Spread over 80 acres, the City Football Academy was opened to great fanfare. It features player accommodation with decor designed by sleep experts and a 56-seat auditorium used by manager Guardiola to deliver lectures to his players.
There are 16 pitches and a 7,000-capacity arena used by the club’s academy and women’s teams.
Muncer’s departure comes amid a disappointing start to the season for the back-to-back Premier League champions, with Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield leaving them in fourth place, nine points behind early pace-setters Liverpool.
Meanwhile, former Manchester City midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been found guilty of attempting to fix a match in Sweden’s top division.
The case centred on allegations that Etuhu, 37, conspired with another man to offer a former team-mate, goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos, money to fix a game between AIK and IFK Gothenburg in 2017.
Etuhu, who also played for Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn, as well as AIK, says he will be appealing against the ruling at the Supreme Court.