London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would stay at the helm even if the club finishes second behind rivals Manchester United.
City hierarchy is completely against the idea of hiring and firing managers if they don’t produce instant success, just like Chelsea.
City’s Abu Dhabi based owners are ready to back Mancini with a new contract, and in the transfer market, even if Jose Mourinho puts himself in the frame by quitting Real Madrid in the summer.
“There is still a belief that Roberto can deliver the title this season. There is no appetite whatsoever to change the manager, even if we don’t finish as champions, and that is unlikely to change unless there is a catastrophic end to the season,” a daily quoted a City insider, as saying.
Mancini has 15 months left on the three-and-a-half-year contract he signed in December 2009.
Negotiations about extending his stay will not begin until the end of the season, but they will not center on the Italian’s ability to overhaul bitter rivals Manchester United in the title race.