Is Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini ruining his chances of a sacking pay-off?
For now Roberto Mancini is still revered by the Manchester City faithful, but there are some pundits predicting that the Italian will be axed if he fails to win the Premier League this season.
If City’s owners are about to suffer a fit of Abramovich-style itchy trigger, they might be able to save themselves the Russian’s trademark massive contract pay-offs.
After last night’s Europa League exit to Sporting Lisbon, Mancini said: “I’m disappointed because I might have made mistakes, and I’m sorry to the supporters.
“The players did everything, and fought on the pitch.
“When a manager doesn’t prepare well for the game, this happens. When I lose a game I think about why I lost and think about where I made mistakes.”
Compare this to his comments after the defeat to Everton at the end of January.
On that occasion he said: “Probably it’s my fault because we didn’t prepare very well for this game. I thought before the game it was going to be easier but it is never easy.”
How many times does a manager have to admit that he didn’t prepare his team properly for a match before it becomes gross negligence. Presumably someone in City’s HR department is filing these quotes away for a rainy day.