Roberto Mancini Does Not Fear Man City Sack Despite Shock Cup Final Defeat

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Italian boss expects to still be in charge of Manchester City next season.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down speculation that he could be sacked, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Italian has been at City since taking over from Mark Hughes in 2009, and has won one FA Cup and one Premier League title in his time at the Etihad Stadium.

However, his team have had a poor season this year, culminating in their shock FA Cup final defeat to underdogs Wigan Athletic yesterday, prompting speculation that he could be sacked and replaced by Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean has reportedly held talks with City officials in the last couple of weeks, and news of his impending appointment reached the news in the build-up to yesterday’s cup final.

Mancini does not believe the story to be true, as he has four years remaining on his current contract with the club, but is angry that it surfaced if it does turn out to be true.

“There has been too much talk about my future over the last six months, and especially the last two weeks,” said the former Inter Milan boss.

“I don’t know why the club didn’t stop this because I don’t think it is correct. I don’t think it is true.

“I haven’t asked the club about my future. There is no need for me to ask because I still have four years left on my contract.”

The 47-year-old added that he was disappointed to lose to Wigan, but does not accept the level of criticism that has come his way for the defeat.

“I am disappointed because I ­always play to win.

“I know football enough to know that when you ­arrive in a final ­anything can ­happen. But I am the manager and I take responsibility. Last year when ­Manchester United lost the Premier League and didn’t win the FA Cup they didn’t have all this chaos.”

Pellegrini had also been linked with Chelsea, but looks set to take the City hot seat after admitting his future at Malaga is uncertain.

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