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Roberto Mancini is confident he will not be sacked even if Manchester City fail to finish in the top four.

The Italian was appointed at Eastlands with the hope that he could guide them to the Champions League. With city lying in fifth spot in the Premier League, two points behind Tottenham with a game in hand City remain on course to secure a fourth place finish.

However, should they come up short, Mancini believes the club will stand by him.

“We work for the fourth position but if we didn’t get it the work would not be finished,” he said.

“Manchester City would continue to play and we would have other years.”

Asked if he thought he would be given another chance next season if City did not qualify for the Champions League, Mancini replied: “Yes, why not.”

City play Everton on Wednesday on the back of a six-match unbeaten run and Mancini believes his players are demonstrating the kind of desire required to break into the top four.

“All the players are happy because now we are winning and we can get fourth spot,” he added.

“If they want to play in the Champions League, Carlos Tevez has to score goals and Emmanuel Adebayor has to score goals and Kolo Toure has to stop goals – I think then we would have a good chance.

“I want to play in the Champions League next season but it depends on us.

“I think if we want to win now and in the future we must work very well every day.

“For the club it is important to get fourth position.”

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