Man City CEO backs 'beleaguered' Mancini as club's 'champion'
London, Mar 22 : Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has backed under-pressure manager Roberto Mancini, saying the Italian is a champion and stressed that winning back to back top-flight domestic titles, especially the Premier League, is not an easy task.
Though some assume that Mancini's failure to keep pace with Manchester United or succeed in Europe means that the Italian's future is contingent on FA Cup success this season but that is not a foregone conclusion, the Independent reports.
Mancini is close to the club's chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, and the feelings of the low-profile chief executive towards Mancini are actually very unclear, it reported.
Soriano was more discursive in an interview with an Italian paper about how he feels the reigning Premier League champions need to curb their heavy spending and emulate the transfer policy of his former club Barcelona, who, it should be said, were not averse to making big-money signings to slot in among their home-grown players, the paper added.