Champions City refute growing Guardiola rumours

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will reportedly not find his job under threat despite the arrival of two former colleagues of Pep Guardiola who is currently on ‘sabbatical.’

This is according to club sources who have moved to quash the growing rumours after the appointments of Barcelona’s former technical director Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano as manager Mancini finds himself under increasing fire as the season progresses.

With Guardiola being one of the most highly rated managers in the sport all managers will be looking over their shoulders, but Mancini is safe according to ESPN who claim they have been told “Roberto has won three trophies in two-and-a-half years and was given a new five-year contract in the summer, and that would not have happened if the powers that be thought they had the wrong manager.”

The Daily Mail have even claimed that the Italian is “optimistic” about the latest appointments, being “relieved” that Brian Marwood is now academy director and will be far less involved in every day dealings at the club.

Elsewhere Mancini has appealed to fans to give the club some time and be patient despite the less than stellar start to the season saying “all teams need their supporters for 90 minutes” after being booed off the field at half time in their Premier League clash.

The Italian conceded that “we won the title last season but we need to work, we need to improve, to learn other things,” yet felt that three trophies in such a short space of time entitled his team to some leeway from fans and the press.