If this weeks headlines are anything to go by, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, is on borrowed time. The fascination surrounding the situation at Eastlands isn’t surprising given the clubs rise to prominence. But if Mancini is shown the door, it can only be a victory for the media, and not for Man City fans.
A combination of consecutive defeats, player unrest and public laundry-airing, have given the savvy English press little option but to report on the ‘crisis’ at City which has inevitable led them to the conclusion that it’s time to bring in a new manager.
But where has this perceived crisis left Mancini’s men? After ten games they sit in fourth place and only three points behind their fierce rivals Manchester United. Not bad for a club facing disaster.
You also have to consider reasons why results have not been as they would have liked recently. At one stage this season City could only field three fit orthodox defenders. New signings Jerome Boateng and Alexsander Kolarov have both been out whilst Joleon Lescott, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure have all been unavailable at some point or other.
This is by no means an excuse. A club with a squad the size of City’s should cope with such injuries, but it does have an impact. Dedryck Boyata has done well when called upon, but his inexperience shone through in that reversal against Arsenal where he was given his marching orders early on.
Admittedly, the Italian manager doesn’t help himself. He has openly shown his displeasure at elements of the English game which he wants to eradicate and at times it may help to keep such issues in the changing rooms.
But Mancini himself is learning to cope with life as a Premier League manager. He will make mistakes and each time he will learn from them, just as his players would have done against Wolves at the weekend.
You cannot win titles over night and Mancini will know that. Given time results like the one against Wolves will become less frequent and as soon as one trophy comes, you can imagine a London bus scenario.
The biggest threat surrounding City at the moment is not whether Mancini can deliver silverware, his reputation proves he can, but whether the owner, Sheikh Mansour, crumbles under the pressure of the British tabloids.
Once City start winning again and another manager finds himself in the medias bad-books, Mancini will become yesterdays fish and chip paper and he can go on plotting his own Italian assault on the Premier League .
But for now, the club must ignore the calls for a change of management and concentrate on letting Mancini take charge of a title winning side. In his own way.