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Pellegrini rumours upset Mancini

Published 12/05/2013 | 07:41

Roberto Mancini is under pressure at Manchester City
Roberto Mancini is under pressure at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he will find out in a week whether it is he or the people who have been telling him he is heading for the exit door who are stupid.

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City have pointedly not rejected claims that have emerged from Spain that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini will replace Mancini in the summer. With a distant second-place finish in the Barclays Premier League to Manchester United and yet another group stage exit in the Champions League, it is hard for Mancini to claim progress has been made this season.

And that was before the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic, who were 8-1 underdogs prior to kick-off, but were the better side and grabbed a last-minute victory thanks to Ben Watson's header. It piles the pressure on Mancini, who said: "If we find out in a week the things you say are not true, you have written a lot of stupid things in the last six months and more in the last two weeks."

"If it is true I am stupid because I didn't understand anything. You have been speaking about this for the last six months, and also the last two weeks. It is too much. The club didn't stop this. I don't think that was correct. I don't think it is true."

Mancini spoke at length with chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak before the game, although he insists his future was not mentioned.

"I have a four-year contract, not one," he said. "There is no reason for me to ask. Do you think the chairman told me not to worry before the game? How many teams did better than us this year? Manchester United. Swansea, I don't think anyone else."

Mancini repeated his mantra that City's problems date back to the summer, when he is adamant they failed to move quickly enough in the transfer market, losing out on Robin van Persie in particular.

"Our target at the start of the season was to try and win the Premier League," he said. "But our mistake started in the last market. We didn't do enough to improve our team. After winning the Premier League, the second year is more difficult.

"Then maybe you don't get the Champions League. You can have a bad season. We had problems because we lost some players. We lost Yaya (Toure) for a month. We had a lot of problems this season.

"Every manager takes the responsibility. That is normal. But I don't think last year, when Manchester United lost the Premier League and didn't play in the FA Cup final they had all the discussion we did."

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