AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has urged Manchester City not to sack manager Roberto Mancini.
The Italian chief has come under increasing pressure at the Etihad Stadium in recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini and Carlo Ancelotti all mooted as possible replacements should the 48-year-old get the boot.
However, Balotelli – who was sold by the Citizens in the January transfer window – insists getting rid of Mancini is not the right thing to do, and believes that there is ‘nobody better’ for the job.
“There is nobody better for City. Most importantly, the players like him. If you asked who they want next season, every single player would say Roberto. He’s not just their coach but also their friend,” said the mercurial forward, according to Metro.
Balotelli also went on to compare Mancini with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, suggesting that both managers have the ability to bounce back from failure.
“Look at the success Roberto has had, the FA Cup and a first championship in over 40 years. Even Alex Ferguson does not win a trophy every year, but he always comes back,” he added.
The Italian striker has enjoyed great success since returning to the San Siro, scoring four goals in three Serie ‘A’ games – including a brace on debut against Udinese.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have been struggling to keep pace with arch-rivals United at the top of the Premier League table, and currently sit 12-points behind the leaders.