Mancini claims money men are happy with performance at Etihad despite European failure
00:23 GMT, 1 December 2012
Roberto Mancini insisted he has been reassured about his future, despite Manchester City once more being forced to deny claims they have approached candidates to replace him.
After a second Champions League failure, there were reports that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola had been lined up for next season.
Both claims were flatly rejected by well-placed City sources, while Mancini backed up his belief that he will be given more time by revealing the club's owners have told him they were 'disappointed but understanding' about another early Champions League exit.
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'We didn't do well and for this reason, they are disappointed,' he said. 'But they said they understood it takes time to succeed in the Champions League.
'When you are new to it, you have to work at it and that is what we will do.'
Mourinho's availability is meant to have been discussed with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain, according to one report, while FIFA registered agent Francois Gallardo told a Spanish radio station that Guardiola had signed a pre-contract agreement at The Etihad.
City were dismissive of the claims, with Mancini adding: '(The chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak) is happy with the way we are going in the Premier League and there is still the FA Cup to come.'
He waved away suggestions that the title is already a two-horse race and argued there could yet be a silver lining to City's latest Champions League flop.
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'It is difficult to describe it that way, because the season is long and in February, when the Champions League starts again, everything can change,' said Mancini.
'Who else can win it Chelsea, I think. In this moment, I think it is a three-horse race. But we have another 20-odd games to go.
'The finishing line is too far away to say. Last season, in six games, we recovered eight points.
'United are already through in the Champions League. I hope Chelsea stay in it as well, because it could benefit us.
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'The Premier League is too long and it would mean they would both play more games and that when the Champions League starts again in February, it could all change in the Premier League.'
And after winning only one of his last six meetings with today's opponents Everton, Mancini is tipping David Moyes' side to make next season's Champions League.
'Last year, they were so-so, but Everton have started this season really well,' he said. 'They could end up with a Europa League place, but they have the quality to finish fourth.'