Platt: Man City fully supports Mancini
Despite leading Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years last season, the Italian’s position as manager appeared to be on shaky ground after another disastrous Champions League campaign.
Add to that a series of sub-par performances in their Premier League defence, which is now all-but over as they trail arch-rivals Manchester United by 15 points, and you would be forgiven for thinking City might be on the lookout for someone else to take charge.
But Platt, a former team-mate of Mancini’s at Sampdoria, insists the City boss retains the club’s backing.
“There is an appreciation of Roberto from the supporters and the owners,” Platt said. “The expectancy levels of Roberto Mancini are a lot higher than what people think.” And Platt believes the talk of City wanting Mancini out is just that.
“If people want to talk about rumours and negatives that is up to them. We can’t stop that. If people want to do things like that, they can,” he added. Further supporting the 48-year-old, Platt insisted Mancini is a natural winner, highlighting his impressive CV, which includes four league titles and five domestic cups.
“All I know is that during his career he has won things,” Platt said. “That is what his focus, desire and intensity is about. He won’t stop wanting to win things.” Saturday’s disastrous 2-0 defeat at Everton certainly did Mancini no favours as they now need a miracle to have any chance of retaining the league crown.
City host Newcastle after the international break before going to Old Trafford for what could ultimately decide his fate. However, they remain in contention for the FA Cup having reached the semi-finals and should they go on and lift the trophy in May, it might be enough to spare Mancini the axe for another season.