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Reports: Roberto Mancini on verge of sack

Updated: Monday, 13 May 2013 11:18 | Comments

Roberto Mancini is reportedly set to be sacked before Tuesday's match against
Roberto Mancini is reportedly set to be sacked before Tuesday's match against

Roberto Mancini must be experiencing an acute sense of deja-vu as intense speculation he is about to lose his job as Manchester City manager continues to go unchecked.

Mancini has been oblivious to the growing sense of disenchantment around him over the past few weeks.

Even as the rumours intensified, he continued to think he was safe.

However, amid reports the Italian is going to be axed before City take on Reading in the Premier League on Tuesday, Mancini could not help recalling how he ended up leaving Inter Milan in 2008.

"When I worked for Inter Milan, the newspapers were the same as they are here and I thought always 'it's not true, it's not true'," he said.

"We had won Serie A for the third time in a row and then played in the Italian Cup final.

"But after that game I read the Corriere della Sera, a newspaper which is very close with Inter, and a journalist wrote that probably Inter will sack me.

"At that moment I understood that maybe it was true."

Those words were delivered on Saturday night, when Mancini insisted he felt confident he would remain in his job despite the 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.

Yet the support he also demanded did not follow.

And neither has it come today when, if the reports were not correct, they could have been killed stone dead.

"City is a very serious club, chairman Khaldoon is a fantastic man," he said.

"But this problem has come out because we didn't stop the things you (the media) have written for six months.

"I don't know why people at the club don't stop this rubbish.

"For football I talk and I take responsibility. For other things you need to talk to other people."

As the person Mancini was referring to was stood barely five yards away, in a small room in the bowels of Wembley Stadium, it was evident the Italian was no longer concerned at who he was upsetting.

The suggestion is that stance has seeped into his dealings with other areas of the club too, including his players and members of his back room team.

There has certainly been irritation that Mancini, whilst banging on repeatedly about City's failure to do the business he wanted during the summer, signed a succession of players who have proved inadequate for the demands of the Premier League.

"We chose these players but we didn't take one of them on pre-season," he said.

"You need to move [for players] in February, March, April, May, not August, because you need to have these players in pre-season.

"Pre-season is important because you need time for them to gel with other players."

If Mancini does hang around for the remainder of the week, which ends with a home clash with Norwich, he will surely not go to the United States for those two post-season friendlies with Chelsea.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the man lined up to replace Mancini, even though City's supporters were less than complimentary about the Chilean at Wembley on Saturday, when they repeatedly sang their backing for the popular present manager.

It seems to mean little. And as Manchester United say farewell to their manager of 26 years, City prepare to herald in their fifth boss in little over six years.

"I don't think there will be another manager who will win 6-1 at Old Trafford against Alex Ferguson because he has retired," said Mancini.

"I think I was the first manager who after 30 years pulled off the banner from Old Trafford about us not winning a trophy.

"We won one Premier League, we won one FA Cup, we won a Community Shield. We lost this FA Cup unfortunately.

"But for this reason we are very popular with the support.

"I love them, they love me and I'm happy for this.

"If in the end I will leave I will be the first supporter of Manchester City in the future. Now I can say nothing on all this."

And saying nothing is exactly what City are doing as well.

Which really is the most damning silence of all.

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