Roberto Mancini is right to be aggravated by talk about his future at Manchester City.

Mancini has delivered the club both the Premier League title and the FA Cup since taking over in December 2009. City have enjoyed perhaps the most successful period in their history and have achieved all this at the expense of neighbours and main rivals Manchester United.

Being a City fan is now a pleasure rather than the chore it once was, and City have a lot to thank Mancini for. The Italian tactician has made expectations rocket, so the fact that their defence of the Premier League title looks to be unsuccessful this season is testament to the work Mancini has done. The fact the title is seemingly heading to Old Trafford only makes matters worse. 

Having foreign owners perhaps adds to the uncertainty. Notoriously these owners demand success instantly - Mancini was under pressure earlier in his City career when the club failed to qualify for the Champions League after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the last game of the 2009/10 season.

Success though has been achieved relatively quickly. Ultimately, City are looking to achieve in the Champions League. This is the one competition where they have come up short, and they've come up short drastically too.

Failing to qualify out of the group stages in the past two seasons has been a huge disappointment, particularly when they have witnessed the success of fellow Premier League teams in the competition over the past 10 years.

This season has seen constant speculation about who will take over from Mancini but surely the Italian deserves more time given his previous success? The fact that Mancini signed a new five-year contract in the summer must surely count for something. 

However, contracts tend not to mean too much in modern football. The cracks seem to be appearing in Mancini's patience when the subject of his future is raised. Last week, Mancini claimed he was the "best manager in England" - did he really believe this or was he trying to convince the club's owners that they would be foolish to part company with him? Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been linked with taking over the City job in the summer.

Mancini has spent a lot of money in his time at Manchester City - it could be argued that success has been bought and any manager could achieve this with the backing he has had. Mancini will argue otherwise. 

If the owners are anything like Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and feel that nothing less than Champions League glory is acceptable, then Mancini might well find himself replaced by the summer.

Whatever happens, supporters of City will never forget the success Mancini has brought to the club, nor should they. The man deserves respect for his achievements but unfortunately, football has a nasty habit of ignoring past success in search of immediate glory.

 

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