Etihad Stadium manager Roberto Mancini doesn’t feel his job in on the line.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has laughed off suggestions that he could be sacked if he fails to deliver the FA Cup this season.
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Mancini’s side are 12 points adrift of city rivals United in the Premier League title race and failed to qualify from the Champions League group phase for the second successive year.
The Italian, who won the FA Cup in 2011 before winning the Premier League title last season, has previously boasted about his record of having won silverware in each of his full seasons as a manager.
Former City player Danny Mills has suggested that Mancini could be fired as soon as Thursday if his team are knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Leeds on Sunday.
Mancini joked about the criticism of former players, saying: “Probably the players that won a lot of trophies in the history.”
But the former Lazio and Inter Milan coach maintains he is not fearing for his position despite his team’s failings this season.
He said: “We started our project three years ago. In three years we are always on the top, we fight for the title, we won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year.
“All the people who talk about this don’t understand football because if Manchester City should sack me, the 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.”
Roberto Mancini has dismissed speculation linking him with a move for Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.
City were rumoured to have scouted the player during Celtic’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus in midweek.
But on Friday Mancini said: “I saw him for the first time against Juventus, I never saw him before. But every time I go to see a game, the next day people say ‘Manchester City want to buy this player’.”
Asked whether he was interested in signing Wanyama, he added: “At the moment, no. I think he is a good player.”