Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has been quick to dismiss any speculation that Roberto Mancini could leave the club.
Platt first met Mancini when they played together for Italian side Sampdoria and the Blues assistant was supportive of the manager after the weekend's defeat at Everton.
Platt told the Manchester Evening News: "There is an appreciation of Roberto from the supporters and the owners.
“The expectancy levels of Roberto Mancini are a lot higher than people think."
City's defeat at Goodison Park was the latest setback in a title race which looks to be over. The Blues are now 15 points behind rivals Manchester United with just eight games left.
Mancini's men also face a tricky FA Cup semi-final tie against either United or Chelsea at Wembley in their only chance for silverware this campaign.
However, Platt believes the side can bounce back in their next game and feels Mancini is the ideal man to lead City to victory.
He added: "He will regroup from this and by the time we play Newcastle he will have 100 per cent focus and intensity on winning a football match.”
The assistant boss also admitted they can't affect the speculation and that Mancini has the ideal mentality if City are to be successful.
“If people want to talk about rumours and negatives that is up to them. We can’t stop that. If people want to do things like that, then do it," Platt continued.
"All I know is that during his career he has won things. That is what his focus, desire and intensity is about.
"He won’t stop wanting to win things."