Roma offer Mancini an escape route from Manchester City

Feb 19, 2013

Italian manager thinks he's the best in England, but may need to win FA Cup to keep his job

THE REIGN of Roberto Mancini at Manchester City could be entering its final stages, with Italian club Roma reportedly offering the under-fire manager an escape route and one of his key players admitting that the Italian could be out of a job unless City win the FA Cup this season.

Mancini signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions after guiding them to a dramatic title triumph last season. But their defence of the trophy has not gone well and they are now 12 points behind rivals Manchester United.

Mancini's team also failed badly in Europe and even missed out on a place in the Europa League when they finished bottom of their group in the Champions League.

There have also been developments behind the scenes at City that could affect the Italian's prospects.

"The arrivals of new chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain have cast further doubt over his future and with Mancini in Genoa last week to watch Roma against Sampdoria it appears he could also be preparing his next move," reports the Daily Mail.

The Daily Telegraph says the Italian club would be prepared to offer Mancini £4.5 million a year to take over. Roma sacked coach Zdenek Zeman earlier this month and are currently being managed by veteran Aurelio Andreazzoli.

"Although Mancini played and managed Roma's city rivals Lazio, it is understood that Roma are unconcerned by his links to their co-tenants at the Olympic Stadium," says the paper. It adds Roma will make their move if it becomes clear City are looking for a new boss.

One of City's players, defender Kolo Toure, hinted that might happen unless they won the FA Cup. He said it was "very important" for the club to win the trophy, their last remaining chance of silverware, as it would "help the manager" keep his job.

Despite City's travails this season, Mancini remains convinced of his abilities. After his side beat Leeds 4-0 in the FA Cup he insisted he was currently "the best manager in England", reported the BBC.

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