Manchester City’s club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said that current manager Roberto Mancini will remain in charge ‘for many years’.
City’s saw their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League ended by Tottenham on Wednesday evening, but speculation that Mancini’s job was under threat as a result has been dismissed by his chairman.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Mubarak said;
“Roberto’s going to do a wonderful job for us for many years. Roberto is our manager. He’s done an excellent job coming in mid-season, organising the team. I’m very happy, and [Man City owner] Sheikh Mansour’s delighted with the way he’s organised the team.
We believe he is definitely the right manager for this club for many years. What he needs this summer is time to prepare and really organise ourselves.
We know the areas that need to be improved within the club. A good pre-season followed with a good start to the season and I’m really excited for next year.”
Mubarak also went on to insist that, despite missing out on the Champion’s League, City’s season should not be viewed as a failure – but as a progression;
“It’s been a wonderful season. We’ve gone a long way as a team and I feel very good about next year because we’ve crossed an important milestone as a club. Next year’s going to be a very important year for us.
It’s been an incredible season. We can focus on last night or we can focus on the season as a whole – I prefer to do that.
Fifth is not where we would like but it’s a major jump. It’s a major achievement for this club to move from 10th to fifth place.”
The Emirati businessman then went on to hint that City will be once again delving deep into that near-bottomless reservoir of cash this summer;
“Manchester City is now a real force to be reckoned with in this league and the acceleration of investment really has put us in this position maybe a year early, that gives us a much better position this summer to work from.”
This summer may prove to be a big one for City. Just not quite as big as it might have been!