Premier League - Mancini expects to remain at City

PA Sport - Thu, 06 May 06:58:00 2010

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he will be at Eastlands next season despite failing to secure a Champions League place after the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Manchester City's Mancini reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur in Manchester - 0

The Italian, a former boss of Italian giants Internazionale, believes he has a future at the club.

Asked whether he was confident about remaining manager, Mancini said: "Yes, I'm confident.

"I don't know but I think I stay here. Why not?

"I work here four or five months and I think when you build a house you don't start from the roof but the basement. We work very well but we are near the roof.

"I am not a magician, I don't have a magic wand. We wanted this (fourth) place and we tried like Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.

"When you don't finish fourth this is football but we did a good job."

Peter Crouch's reaction header in the last 10 minutes sent Harry Redknapp's Spurs four points clear of City with one game remaining.

They can even finish above North London rivals Arsenal, should they win at Burnley on the final day and the Gunners lose at home to Fulham.

Big-spending City can be overtaken by Aston Villa but a place in the second-string Europa League is secure.

Eurosport / PA Sport

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