'My job depends on winning title'
MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted if the club misses out on the Premier League title this season he may lose his job.
The 47-year-old Italian conceded that despite delivering the FA Cup last season - the club's first trophy in 35 years - and guiding them to their first genuine title challenge for years this season, failure to land it may end his term less than three years after taking up the post.
Mancini, who lost his job at Inter Milan only days after they won their third consecutive Serie A title under his stewardship, said he hoped club chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak would acknowledge the huge progress the club had made since he replaced Mark Hughes.
"I hope so because of what's happened over the last two years," said Mancini, whose side set the pace for most of the season, before a slump saw the race swing the way of defending champions and bitter rivals Manchester United.
"But I know football very well and I left Inter after [winning] seven trophies in four years.
"In football anything can happen - the same regarding my future.
"I don't have a problem with that."
Mancini said he was proud of the way the team had progressed.
"I started this job two-and-a-half years ago and we have improved a lot as a team, players and a club," said the former Sampdoria and Italy midfielder, who was capped 36 times.
"I've been in this world a long time and I know you can lose the title. But it's important to me that the squad has improved a lot.
"I don't decide this [my future]. I do the best for my job and I don't decide the situation."
Mancini also admitted that City's title challenge will be over if they don't win at Arsenal today, but said he doesn't expect his side to surrender just yet.
With United's game against QPR finishing before City takes to the pitch at Emirates Stadium, Mancini's men could be eight points behind their rivals at kick-off.
Mancini concedes that would be too big a gap for City to close if they don't beat Arsenal, but he remains positive his players will make United sweat until the end of the season.
"If we lose against Arsenal and they beat QPR, yes," Mancini said when asked if the title race would be over.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned City: "A draw for them is not good enough.
"In the last two seasons they came to play for a draw, and they got it, but this time, both teams are in a situation where they want to win."
This will be a mouthwatering clash where talent such as Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure and Robin Van Persie will be on view. - Sapa-AFP