Mancini could face Man City sack as early as this week

Roberto Mancini could be sacked as Manchester City manager as early as this week, the Guardian has reported, with the Italian’s dismissal to be confirmed before the former Premier League champions travel to the United States for a post-season tour.

Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini is in line to replace Mancini, having reportedly held discussions with members of the City hierarchy. The speculation led to Mancini verbally lashing out at his superiors and members of the club’s media team for not putting an end to the gossip linking former Real Madrid boss Pellegrini with the post.

The Guardian adds that it is that feisty nature that has contributed to the City owners’ decision to part ways with Mancini, despite handing the former Inter Coach a five-year contract last summer in the wake of City’s first title win in more than 40 years.

Since then, however, Mancini has faced a difficult season in which City were eliminated from the Champions League without winning a game, gave up the title to Manchester United with barely a fight and on Saturday lost the FA Cup final to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

For his part, Pellegrini denied any contact with Manchester City or any other club, insisting he has not spoken to any potential employers and wants to wait until the end of the season for decide his future.

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