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Mancini rejects sack claims

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed claims his job could be on the line this weekend, saying his critics "don't understand football".

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Roberto Mancini: Reportedly could be sacked if Manchester City lose in FA Cup

Roberto Mancini: Reportedly could be sacked if Manchester City lose in FA Cup

It has been suggested that the 48-year-old Italian could be sacked if his side are knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Leeds on Sunday.

The odds are stacked against City retaining the Premier League title they won in dramatic fashion last May, with Manchester United currently 12 points clear of Mancini's men with 12 games remaining.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium, Mancini said: "We started our project three years ago. In three years we are always on the top - we fight for the title, we have won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year.

"All the people who talk about this don't understand football.

"If Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager."

Mancini, who succeeded Mark Hughes in December 2009, ended City's 35-year trophy drought by guiding them to FA Cup success in 2011 and followed that a year later by overseeing the club's first title win in 44 years.

Last weekend's 3-1 loss at struggling Southampton has brought renewed speculation over Mancini's position with former City player Danny Mills suggesting the Italian's position is perilous.

When told he had been criticised by "former City players", Mancini responded by saying they were "probably the players that won a lot of trophies in the history".

Mills said: "Mancini is under pressure. It looks like they have blown their chances of retaining the title. You wonder what would happen if they went out of the FA Cup against Leeds. I think Roberto Mancini goes."

Mancini added that he has not yet accepted defeat in the quest to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, despite the sizeable gap between the sides.

"I don't think like this, I have a different mentality," said Mancini. "I always think we can do everything. We have 12 games, we need to do our best and not look at the table."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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