Roberto Mancini insists he will stay on as Manchester City manager

05 May 2010 10:54
Peter Crouch's 82nd-minute header ensured that Spurs will take the Premier League's fourth and final berth in next season's Champions League.

But with City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak entering the home dressing room to personally congratulate Mancini and his players for their efforts this season, the City manager admitted he fully expected to remain at the helm, despite the failure to qualify for the Champions League.

 Related ArticlesMan City 0 Tottenham 1Harry Redknapp secures place in the history booksDebate: How will Spurs fare in the Champions League?Man City 0 Tottenham 1: as it happenedSpurs join Euro elitePremier League tableMancini said: 'I think I will be here next season, yes. Why not? We have worked together for five months, but you don't start from the roof, you start from the basement.

'Now, I think we are near the roof, but I am not a magician and I don't have a magic wand. We tried and we have worked very hard to qualify for the Champions League, just like Liverpool, Aston Villa and Spurs.

'The fact that we have played this game (against Spurs) to reach the Champions League means we have done a good job. We lost, but this is football.'

Mancini played down fears of a serious injury to midfielder Gareth Barry by claiming the England player was substituted in the second-half due to a 'little problem with his ankle.'

Tottenham, who could still overtake Arsenal to claim third place, will now play in Europe's premier competition for the first time since the 1961-92 campaign.

And manager Harry Redknapp admits that the achievement of guiding Spurs into the Champions League, after arriving at White Hart Lane with the club rooted to the foot of the Premier League in Oct 2008, is his best as a manager.

He said: 'Winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth was great, but over 38 games, to be where we are now says a lot.

'The cup is great to win, but you can plenty of good draws and get there, but this is over a season, so the Champions League is where we deserve to be.

'I know I'm good at my job. You don't manage 1100 games if you are a mug. I must have been doing something right over the years.

"I'm 63, but I drive in at 5.30 every morning and I don't feel any different. If I felt like an old man, I'd walk the dogs on the beach every day.'

Redknapp added: 'You'll have to ask the chairman what it means to qualify, I just wanted to get there.

'But I do believe it was important that someone from outside of usual big four did it.'

Source: Telegraph