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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will not walk out

Roberto Mancini's management has come under question but he is nowhere near quitting Manchester City despite past evidence that he is an emotional individual prepared to walk in the face of criticism.

Mancini dramatically announced his intention to resign from Internazionale in March 2008 after home defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League, only to reverse his decision the following day.

He certainly feels he is being given a rougher ride here than in Italy and is indignant that City's fourth place in the Premier League counts for so little.

Mancini has told the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX that “the tabloids rage on us because City are headed by an Italian; I'm sorry to say, but the English are nationalists in football.”

The intensity may be about to get worse with the prospect of tomorrow's visit to West Browmich — a bogey team in the Premier League era — followed by Wednesday's Manchester derby and, arguably tougher still, the 4pm televised match-up with Mark Hughes at Fulham on Sunday November 21.

The media scrutiny for the latter weekend will be huge. Hughes' City had taken two more points from the first 10 games of last season than Mancini's have in this.

Support at the highest level of the club remained firm yesterday, with the view from Abu Dhabi being that the manager and senior management should keep positive. Even defeat tomorrow and again to Manchester United on Wednesday would not affect that perspective. Removing Mancini would, indeed, be grossly premature and would send the club into yet another period of rebuilding.

Mancini is also still in the process of shedding those elements of the Hughes era who are not delivering. Shaun Wright-Phillips, who may be offloaded in January, was particularly poor during the 3-1 defeat to Lech Poznan.

City still find themselves deeply dependent upon Carlos Tevez, though. Not since January have they won a Premier League game when his name has not been on the scoresheet. Mancini has said he expects the captain to be fit to play at the Hawthorns. Defender Pablo Zabaleta said: He is one of our best players at the moment and when he plays you have a lot of possibilities to win.”

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