Arsene Wenger was fuming on Monday when he accused a journalist of making up a story about his future before the Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
It’s Roberto Mancini’s turn this time with the Italian swearing in front of reporters ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
There has been growing speculation that City have started to prepare for life after Mancini with several sources suggesting Manuel Pellegrini of Malaga has already been approached over the job.
“I cannot continue to answer about this every week. We have another two months. In two months you will know if this can happen but I can’t continue with this,” he told reporters (after composing himself).
Mancini has one of the highest profile jobs in English football and as boss of the Premier League champions, he has failed to guide his side to a respectable position by this stage of the season.
It’s only natural that there is going to be speculation over his future at the club because of the fact City haven’t really pushed on this season and they haven’t progressed at all as far as the Champions League is concerned.
It was more surprising when Wenger lost his composure on Monday because hardly anyone has seen the Frenchman in a state like that but Mancini should have know better than to aggressively swear at a press conference.
Football is a cut throat business where managers come and go at the big sides because of the expectations. In a way, City are the victims of their own success and some may even see it as a positive sign that Mancini is voicing his audible frustration at all of the speculation surrounding him.
Mancini has also come under pressure this season for some of the tactical decisions he has made during games which simply haven’t worked such as going with three defenders at the back against very experienced European sides.
He’s under pressure but it’s a different matter altogether as to whether he’ll get the sack. Based on this though, he’s certainly not going to walk away.
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