Eastlands manager points out that fifth place means that only four teams out of twenty did better than you.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says he should not be seen as a failure if his team fail to finish fourth and seal Champions League qualification.
Mancini’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, one point off Tottenham in fourth with three games left to play this season.
The Italian was brought in to secure a Champions League spot and had until now been bullish about achieving that aim.
But he said on Friday: “I don’t think I will have failed [if we finish fifth].”
City have spent over £100m this season in their pursuit of Champions League football and there is huge pressure on Mancini to deliver.
“We want to finish fourth and that is what we are working for,” said Mancini.
“But we have improved a lot in the last five months and we must improve more if we want to be a good team. I think the owners can see that.”
Mancini arrived at City in December, taking over from Mark Hughes who had lost the faith of the club’s owners in their quest for a Champions League berth.
He has at least given City a chance of achieving that aim, but failure to do so could see Mancini following Hughes out of the exit door at Eastlands.
Mancini’s side have games against fellow Champions League chasers Aston Villa and Tottenham as well as a trip to West Ham on the last day of the season.
The former Inter Milan boss accepts he is not in charge of his own destiny but he does expect to be at the club next term and would benefit from having a full season at City.
“When you work with a team in pre-season it is easier to do your job,” he said.
“I imagine I will still be Manchester City manager. I hope so. I have a contract. I don’t decide but I think I will be.” (BBC Sport)
Its hard to not agree with Roberto Mancini in his assertions that a fifth place finish wouldn’t represent failure but the fact is that the money men at Eastlands may differ in that opinion. Forget the large sums of money pumped into the club because spending endless amounts of money on new players will not guarantee success.
What Manchester City desperately need to do is bed in with a manager at the helm and build a team and have a nucleus of a good eleven for two or three seasons and then things could look a whole lot different to how they do right now.
Will Mancini still be the boss come the beginning of next season? You’d be a brave man to bet on it.