Etihad Stadium manager more than aware of a possible sacking if he can not guide club to Premier League title this term.
Roberto Mancini accepts his job may not be guaranteed long-term, even though he believes he has laid the foundations for Manchester City’s future success.
His position has become the subject of speculation recently following a series of slip-ups as the title race hots up.
Mancini, who succeeded Mark Hughes in December 2009, said: “We have improved a lot as a team, as players, as a club.
“When you choose the job you should know anything can happen any moment but I don’t have any problem with this.”
Despite a sustained challenge for a first league title since 1968 and last season’s FA Cup success – which ended a 35-year trophy drought – Mancini knows things can change very quickly.
City, having led the table for most of the season, now trail rivals Manchester United by five points with seven games remaining having only won once in their last four league matches.
Mancini is thankful for that and enjoys working with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
The Italian boss said: “My relationship with Khaldoon is fantastic. I can say if he sacks me at the end of the season or next year – I don’t know – I can say every manager that works with Khaldoon is very lucky. Khaldoon is a really good man.”
City face a must-win game at Arsenal on Sunday, shortly after the final whistle at Old Trafford, where United can open up an eight-point gap if they beat QPR.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
A fairly honest assessment from a manager who has been around for long enough to know that very few managers can be assured of their continued employment and given just how much the Italian has spent over the past couple of years there is a very real possibility that Man City’s owners may opt to sack Roberto Mancini at the end of this campaign.
Mancini’s side were sitting pretty at the top of the table for some time before a run of mixed results coupled with the inevitable streak of wins from Man United has seen the local rivals switch places at the top of the table and it will be a tough ask for City to take the Premier League crown now.
Man City will have to at the very least avoid defeat at in form Arsenal to stand any chance of keeping the pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, who have a much easier run-in.
It is eminently possible that Man United could clinch the title at the Etihad Stadium when the two sides meet on April 30th, a tortuous prospect that Mancini will fight to avoid.