Khaldoon: Mancio Here For The Long Haul
City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has made it clear via an interview with th'official site that his appointment Roberto Mancini will remain The Blues manager for 'many years...'
The shrewd City main man was unequivocal in his support for the man he brought in last Christmas to replace the Thaksin Shinawatra appointed Mark Hughes.
Following City's home defeat to Spurs which ended the club's earlier than secheduled Champions League hopes, the team's seventh in the league this season, The City Chairman has continued to lead from the front:
'Roberto's going to do a wonderful job for us for many years. Roberto is our manager. He's done an excellent job coming in mid-season, organising the team. I'm very happy, and Sheikh Mansour's delighted with the way he's organised the team.
'We believe he is definitely the right manager for this club for many years. What he needs this summer is time to prepare and really organise ourselves. We know the areas that need to be improved within the club. A good pre-season followed with a good start to the season and I'm really excited for next year.
'It's been a wonderful season. We've gone a long way as a team and I feel very good about next year because we've crossed an important milestone as a club. Next year's going to be a very important year for us.
'Fifth is not where we would like but it's a major jump. It's a major achievement for this club to move from tenth to fifth place.'
As Mancio and The Citizens prepare to strengthen the squad, many hacks have declared that City will find it difficult to attract top signings. But the likes of Tevez and Adebayor joined a side with no European fixtures lined up. The City Chairman had this to say:
'Manchester City is now a real force to be reckoned with in this league and the acceleration of investment really has put us in this position maybe a year early. That gives us a much better position this summer to work from.'
VMC City Video Link: Chairman's Exclusive Interview
In other news, last night Carlos Tevez was named City's Etihad Player Of The Year following 29 goals in 39 City starts.