Do you ever make all the effort you can and then just think: was this all worth it? A survey of the current crop of Premier League managers puts Roberto Mancini well and truly in this seat. Fair enough he’s not top of the league and he may not have the dressing room completely under his control but the guy’s doing a good enough job to find his charges in 4th place. That would mean Champions League qualification and a side well on their way to maybe even securing a league title next season.
Yesterday’s 2-0 win at West Brom shouldn’t be baulked at – the recently promoted side have earned points from Manchester United and Arsenal already this season. The striker who’s like Marmite, Mario Balotelli, scored a brace and was sent off in the victory. Mancini, however, is still the favourite to be the next Premier League manager out of a job.
“It was a good weekend for some of the under-pressure managers like Hodgson and Hughton but although City won, Mancini needs a good result against United in midweek to ease the pressure on him,” explained Graham Sharpe, spokesman for William Hill.
Hills have Mancini at 7/4 to be sacked, closely followed by West Ham’s Avram Grant at 9/4 and Roy Hodgson of Liverpool at 4/1.