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Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Rob Britton

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Mancini far from the best

Roberto Mancini directing Samir Nasri from the sidelines for Manchester City.
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed that he was “the best manager in England,” after further speculation on his future at the club.

Mancini, speaking on February 18, has not given up on the title race, despite being 12 points behind rivals Manchester United. City also had a disappointing campaign in the Champions League, where they became the only English team not to win during the group phase since the elite European competition began.

But Mancini insists despite all of this that his job is safe, telling BBC Sport: “In the last 15 months I am the best manager in England.

“I won one Premier League, one FA Cup, one Charity Shield, there is not another manager that’s won like me in the last 15 months. I can do nothing but it is the reality.”

Talent

Regardless of the fact Mancini has been the most successful manager in England for the past 15 months, many would argue that with the amount of talent at his disposal, not to mention the never-ending cash-flow coming from club owner Sheikh Mansour, most managers would fancy their chances at winning three trophies in 15 months.

The Manchester City boss was not shy in revealing his frustration last summer at the lack of ability to buy any more players to improve his squad for this campaign, and the statistics are proving that this decision from further up the board has denied Mancini the chance to push his side on. But the team at his disposal now are more than capable of competing for trophies in all competitions.

Mancini has spent around £285m on players in his three seasons at the club, although the lack of youth players in the team has always been a criticism from the outside of Eastlands. Adam Johnson was first to come out with this notion after his departure from the Etihad to Sunderland, as Scott Sinclair was brought in as his replacement, but hasn’t established himself in the first team as of yet.

Many would argue that they could win trophies with a squad full of world class talent and a never-ending transfer budget, but three trophies in 15 months is only the least expected from Mancini. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has previously stated that he could win titles with the likes of Inter Milan if he had that type of talent at his disposal.

Above expectations

To be the best manager within your league, you need to be riding above expectations; Everton manager David Moyes has been heavily praised during his time at Goodison Park for producing several teams that have performed above expectation, despite working on a shoe-string budget.

The Citizens are yet to emulate the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea with their recent sustained success, and it is hard to believe the statement from Mancini when he is up against the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

It remains likely that Mancini will remain at the Etihad next season, and it’s expected that he will spend as much as possible, whilst abiding by the new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.

But for Mancini  to claim that he’s the best manager in England, he will need to start proving his managerial credentials by putting up more of a fight in Europe, whilst also using more of his youth prospects in the domestic campaigns, in order to build stability throughout all competitions for a period of time.

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