Roberto Mancini believes he will remain in charge of Manchester City next season even if he failed to bring Champions League football to Eastlands.
City currently trail fourth-place Spurs by a point with three matches to play and with games looming against fifth-placed Aston Villa and Spurs, the club have a fight on their hands if they are to secure the final Champions League spot.
Reports have suggested that Mancini would need to secure Champions League football if he is to remain in his job next season, but the former Inter boss feels he has done enough to deserve another chance.
“I don’t think I will have failed,” he said. “We want to finish fourth and that is what we are working for, but we have improved a lot in the last five months and we must improve more if we want to be a good team. I think the owners can see that.
“When you work with a team in pre-season it is easier to do your job. I imagine I will still be Manchester City manager. I hope so. I have a contract. I don’t decide but I think I will be.”
Mancini also denied reports he had told the owners to sell Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips at the end of the season.
“I never said that,” he said. “I have had meetings with the club about players for the future but I never said there were players I did not want.”