Roberto Mancini's position as Manchester City manager will reportedly become at serious risk if the Premier League champions are unable to successfully negotiate the FA Cup meeting with Leeds United on Sunday.
According to Goal.com, club officials have been monitoring Mancini's performance since Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League and, with the title almost lost to Manchester United, pressure is increasing on the Italian.
Mancini was publicly critical of individual players following the weekend defeat by Southampton, reportedly causing tensions to rise between the manager and his charges.
Goal.com also claim that some members of the Manchester City have become confused with Mancini's tactical direction in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany, and losing again in their next outing could prove costly for the 48-year-old.
Defeat to Leeds, who knocked Tottenham out of the competition in the previous round, will all but end Manchester City's hopes of winning any silverware this season and will reportedly leave Mancini fighting for his job.
Mancini only signed a new contract last summer following their Premier League title winning campaign, but the manner in which they have capitulated this term appears as though it could cost the former Inter Milan boss his job.