With Roberto Mancini under increasing pressure at Manchester City, could Everton boss David Moyes be set to replace the Italian tactician at the Etihad Stadium.

After City's 3-1 defeat away at Southampton on Saturday and rumours of disharmony amongst the ranks, some people are speculating as to possible replacements for Mancini.

A lot of City fans will be angry and confused at the prospect of their Premier League winning manager leaving them at the end of the season, but is this mindless speculation or is there something more in it?

The reason for this speculation surrounds City's title hopes and their recent loss against Southampton. Not only was this a poor result but the most concerning thing of all was the level of performance.

This latest setback has all but ended City's title hopes, and the possibility of a trophyless season is a very real possibility.

Mancini's City career so far:

Mancini took to the helm in 2009 and in his first full season he guided the club to Champions League qualification, winning the FA Cup in the process.

Manchester City failed to progress past the group stages of Europe's top competition, but competing in the Champions League was a step in the right direction none the less.

In the 2011/12 season, City won the Premier League title on the final day of the season, courtesy of a last-gasp winner from Sergio Aguero, as the Citizens beat QPR 3-2 to claim their first title in 44 years.

Moyes' career with Everton:

Unlike Mancini, Moyes has been managing Everton since 2002 and qualified for the Champions League in 2005, reaching the FA Cup final in 2009. 

Moyes received praise from several well-known managers after he had successfully managed his club for 10 years in 2012, overachieving on a small budget in comparison to his Premier League counterparts. 

Moyes has won an impressive 40% of the top flight games he has overseen with Everton, further enhancing his CV and burgeoning reputation.

Manchester City's owners have been patient with Mancini and fans have certainly appreciated his work for the club since he first joined in 2009, but with the likely failure to retain the Premier League title, could it become 'squeaky bum time' for the Italian?

Should City's mega-rich owners decide to sack Mancini, Moyes would be a viable, affordable and deserving candidate to take over, given his impressive record with Everton.

It remains to be seen what action, if any, Sheikh Mansour will take should City's woes continue, but they could do far worse than Moyes.


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