Roberto Mancini Faces An Uncertain Future At Manchester Cityby Jack Kitson / 03 April 2012, 10:37Tweet
Media reports have today surfaced speculating on the future of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Despite leading the Premier League for virtually the whole season the club’s recent slip up could ultimately prove costly for the Italian who has 12 months remaining on his current deal. City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak is due to evaluate his manager’s position at the end of the summer and there is no guarantee that he will opt to keep him in the dugout.
There is no doubt that City have been very impressive this season but recent draws against Stoke and Sunderland combined with Manchester United’s superb form means that they now trail their fierce local rivals by five points with seven matches remaining. City’s owners have a right to be disappointed as a month ago City led the league by five points. Winning the title may now appear unlikely but it is still possible, however, if City do finish as runners-up then Mancini will want to avoid slipping further behind United and keep the points gap to a minimum.
Frequent reports of player discontent over Mancini’s managerial style have no doubt been of concern for the owners. The whole Carlos Tevez saga was a sour affair, while Mario Balotelli has been a controversial figure on and off the pitch. The young striker’s temperament has been heavily criticised, which was highlighted on Saturday when he clashed with several teammates. Many high profile players are reportedly upset over the preferential treatment the 21-year-old gets from Mancini which suggests that the squad dynamic is far from harmonious.
City face a tricky trip to Arsenal on Sunday and if they fail to get a result their hopes of winning the Premier League will be over. City, who could find themselves eight points adrift of United before they even kick-off, are available at 9/5 with Paddy Power to come away with the three points. Meanwhile Arsenal can be backed as the narrow 6/4 favourites, with a draw priced at 12/5.