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'F****** hell!': Mancini snaps at questions about his job

2013-02-22 20:22:32

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini has launched an impassioned defence of his record at Manchester City, amid fresh claims he could get the axe.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as the latest name in the frame to take over from Mancini, should the City hierarchy decide on a change of manager.

Mancini is under pressure, with City having slipped 12 points behind Manchester United in the title race, along with their failure to make it out of the group stage in the Champions League.

But the City boss said he was amazed that his job should even be called into question, given the trophies he has won in three years in charge.

Asked about Pellegrini, Mancini laughed and said: "F****** hell! I can't continue to answer questions about this every week.

"We have another two months [of the season]. You know things can happen in that time.

"But this is normal for you [reporters]. This is your job, don't worry. But I can't continue to answer every week about one name or another.

"Also because I don't understand the reason for this. Why would Manchester City change their manager? For which reason?

"In the last 18-20 months, after United won the Premier League in 2011 and we won the FA Cup, there were seven trophies available to win.

"Manchester City won three of those seven. So I don't understand [why City would change their manager]. For what reason?

"I am not the CEO or chairman, so if you want to ask these questions, you should speak with them. I don't have a problem. I have another four years on my contract and we are doing well."

City skipper Vincent Kompany and midfielder Gareth Barry, both of whom have been out injured, will be assessed tomorrow ahead of Sunday's visit of Chelsea.

The champions will be 15 points behind United by the time they kick off if Sir Alex Ferguson's side win at rock-bottom QPR on Saturday.

Mancini was smiling when he swore, but it is clear the speculation about his future is starting to annoy him.

He added: "We want to try to win trophies. Sometimes it's not possible and it's important our team is always there on the top and fights for the title.

"Sometimes we can do a mistake or sometimes another team could be better than us. This is always possible."


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