Patrick Vieira has backed Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to stay at the club to see out the remainder of his contract – for five years.
City’s Football Development Executive has given his full support to the Citizens boss who has come under pressure in recent weeks for his side’s poor displays in the Champion’s League.
City’s ‘group of death’ that includes the champions of Spain, Germany, and Holland has seen their hopes of European glory capsized as they currently sit bottom of the group with little hope of progressing in the competition.
To compound Mancini’s blues, rumours have started circulating that he will be replaced by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola who is currently looking for a project – reportedly in England.
Speculation that Guardiola could take the reigns at City, dislodging Mancini from his post at the Premier League titleholders, has understandably heaped more pressure on the Italian coach, who now casts a figure of despair at times at the Etihad.
But his colleague Vieira believes City need to keep Mancini if they intend to build and prosper. The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder has stated that keeping Mancini in charge would bring stability to the club which, at times, has become a revolving door of players and staff.
“I hope [he is here in five years] because I believe that stability will bring success to the football club, to any football club,” he said.
“I think Mancini, since he’s been at this football club his record has been fantastic. So credit to him – you’re not winning the cup and winning the league as an average manager. You have to be good.”
The former French international and World Cup winner even pointed to City’s archrivals Manchester United as an example of how he thinks City should operate.
“When you look Man United is a perfect example to follow, so why not?”
“He’s a winner,” stated the Frenchman.
“He’s working hard all week in training, trying to make the team focused and is really aware of the tactical aspect of awareness of the game. He is looking for the perfect game and he’s really demanding. I think this is why he’s so successful.”