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Roberto Mancini leads Man City into the FA Cup final with speculation surrounding his future

Updated: Saturday, 11 May 2013 17:29 | Comments

Roberto Mancini: "This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation."
Roberto Mancini: "This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation."

Roberto Mancini leads Manchester City into another FA Cup final today with speculation once again surrounding his future.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is again being linked with Mancini's position even though the Italian could win a third major trophy in three seasons with victory over Wigan at Wembley.

Mancini has been the subject of scrutiny throughout a generally disappointing campaign in which City have failed to defend their Barclays Premier League title and struggled in Europe.

Pellegrini has been mentioned a number of times as a potential successor in recent months and reports that director of football Txiki Begiristain dined with the Chilean's agent last month fuelled the rumours.

Several other names have also been mentioned as possible City managers this season but Mancini, to his credit, has brushed off all the conjecture and regularly voiced his confidence about the project ahead.

Yet even he accepted, on the eve of the cup final, that his profession can be a precarious one.

"I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years," said the 48-year-old.

"This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation."

"I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years," - Roberto Mancini

Pellegrini admits Malaga exit likely

Fresh doubts emerged after Manuel Pellegrini admitted he is unlikely to remain as coach of Malaga next season.

The Chilean coach's agent met with representatives from City in April and an agreement has apparently been reached, according to reports emerging from Spain.

Although Pellegrini did not confirm or deny the story ahead of his team's Primera Division match against Sevilla tomorrow, he declared he and several players would not be staying at Malaga, due to the club's ailing financial situation.

He told reporters: "I have already made it clear that it is not ideal to end the season in this way.

"We are in unusual circumstances. I don't think any of us really want to leave Malaga.

"Everyone would prefer to stay but unfortunately, the circumstances we are in don't allow that."

Pellegrini was relaxed about the speculation but insisted it would not distract him or the players from their attempts to secure European football for next season.

"Being linked to other clubs doesn't annoy me or make me feel uncomfortable - it's something that usually happens every year," he said.

"We are just concentrating on making sure the team finishes in the European places.

"The future is uncertain for all of us, the coaching staff and players have discussed our situation but right now, Malaga's main concern must be to focus only on reaching the objectives we set at the start of the campaign."

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