London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is determined to root out dressing-room dissenters who are undermining his position at the Etihad with their reluctance and inability to follow his tactics.
He now wants talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and new chief executive Ferran Soriano to establish whether he retains their full support as he looks to reassert his authority.
“Mancini has no interest in being a friend of the players. He doesn’t care whether they hate him. He just wants them to do as they are told when they are on the pitch and on the training ground. Mancini is like a lot of Italian managers who believe the coach must be dictatorial in their approach,” the Daily Mirror quoted an insider, as saying.
According to the source, Mancini is adamant that he will not take a backward step in the power struggle with several senior players that is now threatening to spiral out of control and undermine City’s season, the report said.
The champions were booed off at half-time yesterday as they struggled to beat a well-organised Swansea at the Etihad.
“He will not back away from an issue if he feels it is undermining his position. Some players will not like his style, but he has the trophies to show that it works. Mancini is in a strong position and he expects the full support of the people who pay him to do his job,” the source added.