Mancini receives Fergie backing
- 31 March 2013 08:40
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Roberto Mancini has received some kind words from the most unexpected of sources… Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Manchester United manager is well on course to claim a 20th Premier League title but the Scot stated that he believes his fiercest rival should still be in charge when the 2013/14 season kicks off in August.
“If a manager doesn’t win for a few games then he will hear all kinds of stuff,” Ferguson is quoted as saying in today’s Daily Mirror.
“It goes with the territory and Mancini will know that. I don’t think he’ll be worried about that. He knows what he’s capable of.
“I don’t see any reason why Mancini won’t be there again next year.”
“Mancini wrote his team off [for the title] during the week – but that was the only thing he could say. In the position City are in, he couldn’t really say, ‘We’ve got a great chance now’.
“In January he was saying they could still win the league and that was probably also the right thing to say.
“But now the gap is so big, what could he possibly say? That they could still win the league? No chance.
“It’s hard to retain the title.”
Meanwhile, the latest name to be linked with the still-very-much-occupied post is Frank de Boer.
According to Simon Mullock, the ex-Barcelona defender is ready to accept the position after growing tired of seeing the Dutch giants’ most exciting assets offloaded in recent times.
“Frank de Boer has emerged as the front runner to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City,” writes Simon Mullock.
“Mancini will shortly face an end-of-season review to determine whether he is the man to take the Blues forward.
“And De Boer, the 42-year-old Ajax coach, will be targeted by the Blues chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain, if they decide Mancini should quit.
“De Boer is looking to lead Ajax to a hat-trick of Dutch titles since taking over at the club he graced as a player in 2010. But he is frustrated that the Amsterdam giants have become a selling club, to the tune of £70million in recent times.”
The Mirror is your go-to newspaper today for City news – they also run the story that the Blues could go back in for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez in the summer, while the Daily Star’s Paul Hetherington think that Roma’s Erik Lamela could be on Mancini’s shopping list.
We’ll bring you news of any summer acquisitions first here on mcfc.co.uk.