Etihad Stadium boss not expecting to be sacked.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident he will still be in the job at the start of the 2013/14 season despite reports that his position is under threat.
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The form of the defending Premier League champions, which has left them 12 points adrift of rivals Manchester United, has resulted in speculation that Mancini will be dismissed at the end of the season.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and Everton manager David Moyes are just two of the names to have been linked with replacing Mancini in the Etihad Stadium hot-seat in the summer.
But, speaking ahead of Manchester City’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Leeds United which could potentially end the club’s silverware hunt this season, Mancini insisted he does not fear being sacked.
“I don’t know what I should say about this,” the Italian is quoted as saying by Sportinglife. “We started our project three years ago. We won the Premier League maybe too quickly because usually it is four or five years for a team like City to do this.
“All the people who talk about this don’t understand football, because if Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.”
Last weekend’s dismal performance in the 3-1 Premier League at struggling Southampton cast further doubt over the future of Mancini, but he is confident that he still has the confidence of City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
He said: “I speak with Khaldoon every week. He is like me. When we lost he has my mentality, he is upset and disappointed but this is normal and it’s correct in football. After you lose you can’t be happy for 24 hours but after that you need to think about the future.
“We have a good relationship. At this moment they aren’t happy because when you lose you can’t be happy but I think they are happy with our job over the three years.”
Having already offloaded troubled striker Mario Balotelli in an initial £17million deal to AC Milan in January, Mancini is planning a major clear-out in the summer with up to 10 players potentially leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
Strikers Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko are two of those likely to leave the club, while the potential summer arrivals include Napoli striker Edinson Cavani who could cost up to £50million to bring to the Premier League.