Mancini Under Pressure As Man City Miss Out On Champions Leagueby Mick Bates / 06 May 2010, 08:59Tweet
It is going to be an interesting Summer at Eastlands after Man City failed to qualify for the Champions League leaving Manager Roberto Mancini facing an uncertain future in Manchester. City produced a terrible performance against Spurs on Wednesday night to leave them with only Europa League football to look forward to next season despite the fact that the owners spent upwards of £100million on new players in the Summer. Mancini was brought into the club to replace Mark Hughes at Christmas with Champions League qualification the clear aim but with the team falling short of that target Mancini must now be sweating on his future.
The worrying factor for City against Spurs was their limp performance when they had everything to play for, they were out battled by a hungry Tottenham side despite being the home side and that will not have been missed by the City owners. Missing out on Champions League football next season means that the big transfer plans for the Summer may now have to be revised with the top class players unlikely to move to a team not playing in the top tier of European club football. Likewise if City were hoping to attract the best Managers like Jose Mourinho or Guus Hiddink to the club they are now also likely to hesitate with no prospect of Champions League football, if that is the case then Roberto Mancini may get a stay of execution with the proviso that the team start next season near the top of the table.
Mancini has done a decent job so far and if it were any other club other than City then he would be secure in his role but such is the money involved that the owners are expecting quick results. If the owners do decide to get rid of Mancini because he missed out on that 4th spot then there are very few big name Managers who are likely to head to Manchester without Champions League football no matter how much money is thrown at them. The Sack Race believes that Mancini should be given another season to prove himself and to mould a team, there are sure to be some big signings from the club in the Summer and with that in mind they should be in that top four if not higher come the end of next season.
At this stage it is certainly touch and go as to whether or not Roberto Mancini will be in charge of the club next season with SkyBetfollowing the market very closely, they believe that Mancini will not be the man at Eastlands and he is odds-on to have left the club by then. If that is the case then we may well have seen the last of Mancini and his blue and white scarf in England and the Premier League.Roberto Mancini to be in charge on first day of next season odds with SkyBet.com- 06/05/2010
No - 4/6
Yes - 11/10