Roberto Mancini Under Pressure To Deliver Title Challenge At Man Cityby Jack Kitson / 02 August 2010, 15:28Tweet
As expected Man City are continuing to spend big money this Summer with Roberto Mancini having his pick of some of the best players in the world, with that though comes an almighty amount of pressure and the Italian Manager will know that a quick start to the season is absolutely essential. Mancini was brought in to replace Mark Hughes with a title challenge and Champions League football at the very top of his objectives, City just missed out on Champions League football last season and that will be the bare minimum for the squad this term.
Mancini has already brought in the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and Aleksander Kolarov for big money with Silva and Toure on huge wages as well as their £20million + price tags, they will all need to adapt to life in the Premier League quickly though as they do face a tough start to the season. Mancini will take his City team to White Hart Lane on the first day of the season in an extremely tough start, a defeat there would already pile the pressure on Mancini who will only be too aware of how precarious his job is at a club like Man City.
The spending is showing no signs of ending any time soon though with the likes of James Milner and Fernando Torres continuing to be linked with City, Torres looks unlikely to head to a team without Champions League football but the Milner situation is one that looks set to run and run. The task for Mancini will be to fit all of his star names into the squad and get them playing to their potential, if he can do that then there is no reason why they cannot be right at the top of the table this season, but of course that is a big IF.
The bookmakers are only too aware of the situation at City with Mancini only ever a couple of defeats away from the sack, the Next Premier League Manager To be Sacked Betting is featuring the Italian strongly and those odds will shorten if the team are off the pace after a month or two of the season. He may prove good value in this market for punters and Eastlands will be well worth keeping an eye on this season.
Man City To Have The Same Manager on 22nd May 2011 Odds with VC Bet
Yes - 4/7
No - 5/4
Betting markets supplied by Victor Chandler