Manchester City website buckles under a surge of traffic as they announce their next manager.Posted on 01 February 2016 - Hosting
Temporarily we’ve switched https://t.co/RCQvF3DfCq to just serve the club statement. We're monitoring the traffic and will switch back asap.— MCFC Geeks (@mcfcgeeks) February 1, 2016
Manchester City's website has been unable to cope with the announcement that Pep Guardiola will become their new manager this summer.
At lunchtime today, the Premier League club released a statement announcing that current manager Manuel Pellegrini would be leaving at the end of the season to be replaced by Guardiola.
The website became unavailable almost immediately after the announcement as City's hosting infrastructure struggling to cope with the huge influx of traffic as people rushed to the site to read an official statement.
Some two hours after the story first broke, City still hadn't got the situation under control and opted to switch off their entire website, with the Guardiola statement being served as a standalone static homepage.
A City Twitter account acknowledged: "Unfortunately mcfc.co.uk is struggling to cope with the big #mcfc news today."
Ironically, this being football's transfer deadline day, we had tweeted out of tips for keeping football club websites online during big announcements just a few hours earlier.