Paper Round: City to 'review' Mancini position

Mancini in danger


A number of papers, both quality and tabloid, state that the Italian's position at Manchester City is to be reviewed in the summer if the club end the season without a trophy with Mancini having spent £240m on players since taking over in December 2009.

The Daily Star has the most apocalyptic backpage for Mancini as under the headline "Out of a job" – they say that Mancini is "seven games from the sack."

The paper says: "Unless the Blues can somehow produce a miracle comeback to beat United or at least produce a positive end to the campaign, Mancini will be shown the door."

The Independent and the Times also devote their backpages to Mancini's uncertain future with the Times headline saying "Mancini's job is price of title failure."

However, the Times makes the point that a key factor in whether Mancini loses his job will come down to who else is available and one name in particular looms largest.

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"The decision (on Mancini) will also be influenced by whether an outstanding candidate, such as Jose Mourinho, becomes available," explains the paper.

"Mourinho is thought to be giving serious consideration to leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season and would favour a return to the Premier League if he left the Spanish club who are six points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

"With Chelsea, Mourinho's former club, in the hunt for a new manager and Tottenham Hotspur requiring a replacement for Harry Redknapp should he succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, there could be a three-way tussle for the Portuguese's services if Mancini is removed."

Another manager who has been getting some heat recently is Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish and while his position does not appear to be immediately under threat, a number of papers say that he will be required to provide a full written report to the club's American owners at the end of the season to explain an unacceptable league slump.

Staying at Anfield and the Liverpool keeper charged with filling Pepe Reina's boots may not be at Anfield beyond this season. Brazilian Alexander Doni arrived on a free transfer from Roma last summer but has already said he is unsure of where he will be next year. (The Sun)

Roy Hodgson will be offered the biggest managerial contract in West Bromwich's history to keep him at the Hawthorns. Hodgson's current deal expires at the end of the season and the Baggies want him to commit to a deal worth £3 million a year. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger is furious with Marouane Chamakh after the striker was pictured holding a shisha pipe hours after Arsenal's defeat at QPR. The Morocco forward was snapped with fellow countryman Adel Taarabt, who had earlier scored against the Gunners, with pipes on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Finally to Scotland and Turkish side Trabzonspor are set to take flop Pawel Brozek back from Celtic but a deal to sell Morten Rasmussen to Norwegian side Aalesund last weekend was scuppered by the striker's agent (Daily Record).

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