Mancini rubbishes sack rumours as he claims United are not out of sight in title race
13:39 GMT, 15 February 2013
13:58 GMT, 15 February 2013
Roberto Mancini has dismissed fresh speculation over his job, claiming that every Premier League manager should be in fear of the axe if Manchester City decide to sack him.
Ex-City defender Danny Mills predicted yesterday that Mancini will lose his job if the champions go out of the FA Cup at home to Leeds on Sunday.
When told that former players were claiming his position is under threat, Mancini hit back saying: ‘Probably the players that won a lot of trophies in the club’s history!
Cup preparation: Roberto Mancini heads out on to the training ground ahead of Manchester City's FA Cup fifth round tie with Leeds United this weekend
‘We started our project three years
ago. In three years we are always on the top, we fight for the title, we
won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year. All the
people who talk about this don’t understand football.
‘If Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.’
Mancini is under pressure again after
last weekend’s tame surrender at Southampton left City 12 points adrift
of Manchester United.
But after overturning an eight-point
deficit with six games to go last season, the Italian warned Sir Alex
Ferguson’s team that this year’s title race is not over yet.
‘I don’t think like this, never,’ he said. ‘I have another mentality. always think we can win everything.
Welcome break: Mancini will welcome the distraction of the FA Cup having slipped 12 points behind Man United in the Premier League title race
Spring in the step: Carlos Tevez goes for the ball in training yesterday
‘We have 12 games. We need to do our
best, not look at the table because it is not important now. We are a
good team. We did some mistakes and lost some stupid points. We don’t
deserve to stay 12 points behind but United deserve to stay on top at
this moment but at the moment we will see what happens.
‘I think that is a difficult moment
because we lost seven points in three games but in football sometimes it
is strange. 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.’
Mancini confirmed that captain Vincent
Kompany will not be fit in time to face Leeds on Sunday as he recovers
from a calf strain, with Gareth Barry also expected to miss the game