Six and out for Man City boss
Published 22:30 09/04/12 By David Anderson
Roberto Mancini has six games to convince Sheikh Mansour he remains the right man for Manchester City.
Although City's billionaire owner is satisfied with the progress the club have made under Mancini, there is some unease over the team's collapse in the title race.
City's challenge is effectively over after seeing their two-point lead over Manchester United turn into an eight-point deficit in just four weeks.
City's form has been wretched and they have taken five points from their last five games, compared to United's perfect 15 from 15.
Sheikh Mansour's right-hand man and City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak sat grim faced through their latest defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, which ended their title dream.
Mansour and Al Mubarak still believe in Mancini and they have already equalled last season's points tally of 71, but their loyalty to the Italian would be tested if their campaign ended in total meltdown.
The next few weeks will decide if Mancini, who has spent £240million at City, has a long-term future at the Etihad and the Abu Dhabi owners are prepared to open talks on a new deal.
Mancini's current three-and-a-half year deal is due to expire in June 2013 and negotiations over a new £5million-a-year agreement are set to begin this summer.
However Mansour and Al Mubarak may be forced to think again if they feel Mancini cannot deliver them the title.
Mancini has defended his record during his two-and-a-half year reign at City, insisting the club have "arrived at the top", but he also admitted fortunes can quickly change in football.
He was sacked by Inter Milan despite delivering three successive scudettos because he could not deliver success in the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho replaced Mancini at the San Siro and his huge shadow looms large again, despite the Portuguese's protestations to the contrary.