• Premier League

Mancini fears axe from Man City

ESPN staff
April 7, 2012

Roberto Mancini admits his future could be in doubt if he fails to break Manchester City's Premier League title drought this season.

Mancini's men previously held a five-point lead over Manchester United before a month-long slump saw City slip five points behind their fierce rivals with seven games remaining. The Italian knows from his experience at Inter Milan that the security of his position may be scrutinised by club hierachy if he fails to deliver this term.

"I know football very well," he said. "I left Inter after winning seven trophies and I still had a four-year contract. So in football anything can happen in any moment. Like the title race, things can change in one week.

"It's the same regarding my future. When you choose this job you know anything can happen. I don't have a problem with this because when you work hard for your job and improve your team, that's the important thing."

Mancini says he is focused on the team's goals rather than his own issues and that chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak remains fully supportive as the club aims to win its first league crown in 44 years.

"I have one year left on my contract," said Mancini. "I started this job two-and-a-half years ago and since then we have improved a lot as a team, as players and as a club.

"This is important when you have a new team. I've been in this world a long time and I know that you can lose this title (job). But what's important to me is that the squad has improved a lot over the last two years.

"I think we're progressing, but I don't decide (my future). I do the best in my job and after I don't decide the situation.

"My relationship with Khaldoon is fantastic. Even if he sacked me at the end of the season or next year, I would say that any manager who works with him is very lucky. He's a really good man. This doesn't change my opinion about him or the club. But I don't have this problem because I will continue in my job.

"I'm sure that this club has arrived at the top. With two or three more players after this year, the club will start to win, and then it will win two or three trophies every year."

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