Attilio Lombardo has enjoyed a promotion at Manchester City from manager Roberto Mancini.

The Mirror says Mancini is putting his trusted aide Lombardo in charge of his next set of stars.

Mancini is promoting his fellow Italian - and former Sampdoria mate - to the coach's post with the reserves as he looks to speed up the assembly line coming through to the first team.

City have axed Andy Welsh from the post and Lombardo, who is often sent to watch players by Mancini, is now taking charge of the second team.