English premier league: Mancini shrugs off sacking talk

City manager in defiant mood amid increasing pressure.


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Mancini believes the race for the league title is not over yet. PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has mocked the suggestion that he could be sacked if he fails to deliver a trophy this season.

Mancini’s side are 12 points adrift of city rivals United in the Premier League title race and failed to qualify from the Champions League group phase for the second successive year.

The Italian, who won the FA Cup in 2011 before winning the Premier League title last season, has previously boasted about his record of having won silverware in each of his full seasons as a manager.

“We started our project three years ago,” he said. “In three years we were always on the top, we fought for the title, we won three trophies and we have the chance to win more this year.

“All the people who talk about this don’t understand football because if Manchester City should sack me, the 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.”

A week ago, Mancini effectively conceded the title race after the 3-1 defeat at resurgent Southampton left his team a dozen points behind United.

But the Italian is adamant that the course of the Premier League could still change in the space of a couple of weeks.

“When you think it is finished, three or four games can change everything. While we have the points available to win, we should believe in ourselves.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2013.

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