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Mancini: I'm staying at City
06 May 2010 - 07:21:35
Roberto Mancini is confident he will still be at the Manchester City helm next season despite failing bring Champions League football to Eastlands.
Peter Crouch's late winner in a 1-0 victory for Tottenham on Wednesday night settled the race for fourth place and the final qualifying spot in the north London club's favour.
The Citizens will still secure their highest league finish since 1978 and will compete in next season's Europa League, but speculation over the Mancini's future refuses to go away.
He was appointed as Mark Hughes' successor in December with the reported target of a top-four finish and City continue to be linked with a host of high-profile coaches from around the world.
But despite suggestions that his reign might last just six months, Mancini is confident that he will start the next season still at the helm of the Eastlands club.
"Yes I'm confident. I don't know but I think I stay here. Why not?" he said.
"I work here four or five months and I think when you build a house you don't start from the roof but the basement. We work very well but we are near the roof.
"I am not a magician, I don't have a magic wand. We wanted this place and we tried like Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
"When you don't finish fourth this is football but we did a good job.
"It's disappointing that we lost this game as we didn't deserve to - we have been very unlucky in some games.
"At the same time we must be proud because we had a good season, even if we are not playing in the Champions League next year.
"Now we have a good team and can improve on next season."