Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has shrugged off speculation that he could face the sack at the end of this season by claiming he is "the best manager in England" over the past 15 months, and that the owners would be foolish to dispose of him.

He cited his success in the Premier League last season and the FA Cup in the previous year as example of his success, saying: "I won one Premier League, one FA Cup, one charity shield, there is not another manager that's won like me in the last 15 months."

There is no doubt that City are in a much stronger position since Mancini's turbulent reign began, as he delivered their first Premier League trophy in 44 years. However, he has spent an exorbitant £285m on players since his arrival, so success was always expected.

Also, his side linger 12 points behind leaders and rivals Manchester United - an almost unassailable lead - and were humiliated as they finished bottom of their Champions League qualifying group. It is unknown whether FA Cup glory would be enough to maintain his position.

The querulous Italian has also had many rows with his players, including Carlos Tevez and the recently departed Mario Balotelli, whose recent form has brought Mancini's people skills under even more scrutiny. 

Furthermore, City have recently appointed Txiki Begiristain as director of football, further fuelling speculation that the Italian could depart the Etihad this summer, despite his staunch defence.

He would not be short of options should he leave, with Roma apparently interested in his services. 

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