Mancini told his job is safe at City… even if they lose out to United in title race
21:10 GMT, 23 April 2012
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has declared the club's season a success even if they come up short in their efforts to catch rivals Manchester United and win the Premier League title.
City trail United by three points going into next Monday's derby at the Etihad Stadium, but have a superior goal difference and know that by winning their three remaining matches they would almost certainly claim a first league crown since 1968.
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They were handed a second chance when United threw away a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4 with Everton on Sunday, with City having blown a five-point advantage over the defending champions in recent weeks.
Happy enough: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour
Mansour, in rare public comments, told Abu Dhabi TV he was excited to have a shot at the title, but was already pleased with how the season has gone.
'The difference is three points and we do have a chance,' he said.
'But whatever happens and even if we don't win I am very happy and satisfied with the players, the team and the management.
'They have performed very well and have improved in their last few matches.'
The comments indicate manager Roberto Mancini's job is safe regardless of the outcome of the title race.
After next Monday's derby showdown with United, City face a trip to Newcastle, and a home match against QPR on the final day.
Rivals United entertain Swansea in their penultimate match, and go to Sunderland on could yet be a dramatic final weekend of the campaign.