The Italian is under immense pressure from City’s oil-rich owners to bring success to Eastlands.
City are currently fourth in the Premier League, ten points behind league leaders and rivals Manchester United.
The former- Inter boss doesn’t believe his future hinges on whether City make it into the Champions League or not. He told Sky Sports:
“It is very important that we reach our targets but I don’t know whether my future is dependent on me finishing in the top four,”
“I don’t think so. I have a three-year contract.
“In any case, we don’t want to finish fourth. We want to finish third.”
I think the Italian is deluding himself if he thinks that he will still have a job if his team fails to finish in the top four. He has spent £150million on new players since he arrived at the club and surely the City owners want more for their money than fifth place in the Premier League.
When City’s owners bought the club they wanted the club to be challenging for the Premier League title and even the Champions League eventually. Manchester City were considered title contenders at the beginning of the campaign but their challenge has fallen at the wayside.
The club are still in the FA Cup, were they will face bitter-rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals. It’s their last chance of silverware this season and it will prove a disappointing season if they finish the season empty handed.
The rumour mill has been in full grind this season. With City’s owners being so ambitious there are always rumours about the club hiring a bigger, better boss. One of the biggest names linked with the Manchester City hotseat is Jose Mourinho.
The self proclaimed ‘The Special One’ has already admitted that he believes his next managerial role will be in the Premier League. There are only a few clubs who he would consider moving to and City through their steer wealth and ambition must be one of those.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester City would be a perfect match. Mourinho has had problems dealing with the club structure at Real Madrid. Real is a massive club and their hierarchy likes to control everything that happens at the club, including telling the head coach which players to sign.
At Manchester City the owners allow the boss to have control over everything team related. Jose Mourinho took Chelsea from nearly men to Premier League champions and Manchester City would be a very similar challenge.
City just like Chelsea in Mourinho’s first spell in English football are full of ambition and have a vast fortune to spend on players capable of making them a force to be reckoned with. Mourinho likes a challenge and I believe he would enjoy the opportunity of pitting his wits against the likes of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson again.
One of the factors which could stop him becoming Manchester City boss would be that he is considered by many to be the long-term successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. And he is known to have considerable admiration for the veteran Scot.
For now Manchester City fans will have to be happy with the Mancini regime. If the club do clinch a Champions League spot this season then I’m Sure Roberto Mancini will still have a job this summer.
No doubt the club will reinforce their squad in the summer and come back stronger next season and put in a good challenge for the Premier League title. If they don’t then I can’t see the Italian keeping his job for much longer.
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