Roberto Mancini resigned to his fate as Man City line up Manuel Pellegrini as new manager
Dead man walking?Manchester City manager Roberto Mancin.
Roberto Mancini has effectively admitted he could be sacked at the end of the season, as the latest bookies’ odds suggest Manchester City are all but certain to bring in Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this summer.
A flurry of bets on Malaga boss Pellegrini to take over at the Etihad Stadium means the odds on the Chilean replacing Mancini are now as short as 10-1 on.
And Mancini, who is set to lead his side out for the FA Cup final against Wigan later today, already appears to be preparing himself for life after City.
‘I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years,’ Mancini said.
‘This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation.’
Nevertheless, the Italian says he is focused on his job for now – which, having surrendered the Premier League title to Manchester United, is to ensure his club secures some silverware this season.
‘I want to do only my job well, if it is possible, and continue to win every year. This is my target,’ he continued.
‘I don’t have other situations where I want to improve. I think it is important for every club to have a manager who can take a lot of decisions about the team, but now it is important we win this trophy.’
If Mancini was to leave City it would mean both Manchester clubs changing their managers in the same closed season.
Earlier this week, long-serving United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would be retiring after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford with David Moyes officially named as his replacement on Thursday.