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Man City boss Mancini accepts he could lose his job

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini accepts he could lose his job even if he won the FA Cup - but is thinking only of a long and successful future.

I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years.This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation.I want to do only my job well, if it is possible, and continue to win every year. This is my target.I don't have other situations where I want to improve. I think it is important for every club to have a manager who can take a lot of decisions about the team, but now it is important we win this trophy.

– Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Mancini's position has been the subject of recurring speculation throughout the season and it may be questioned again if City suffer a shock loss to relegation-threatened Wigan in the final this weekend.

But the Italian has spoken often enough about how confident he feels in the post and we wants to continue bringing silverware to the Etihad Stadium.

Defeating Wigan would bring a third major trophy in three seasons and this is his only concern.

Spurs determined to take revenge on Man City

Spurs welcome City to north London tomorrow. Credit: Tottenham.

Michael Dawson is determined to exact revenge on Manchester City after their 5-1 hammering of Tottenham at White Hart Lane last season.

Spurs welcome City to north London later, knowing victory is vital if they are to keep up with Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the top four.

And Tottenham's fans will not need reminding what happened when City rolled in to town last season - an awesome display from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko giving Spurs the worst possible start to the season.

"It will be a tough game for them and hopefully we can put one over them after what happened last season," said Dawson, who led Spurs to a disappointing penalty shoot-out defeat to Basle a week and a half ago.

"They're all important games for us now. We were disappointed after the Basle result but we can't dwell on that.

"We have to move on, now we have six big games left and we have plenty to play for starting on Sunday."

Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe are expected to be in the squad after overcoming their respective ankle and pelvis injuries while Aaron Lennon also has a chance of being available following a knee problem.


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Manchester City and Chelsea fans amass for Semi-Final

Manchester City and Chelsea fans have packed out Wembley Stadium this afternoon as their teams clash for a place in the FA Cup final.

Watch the game live on the ITV Sport website.

A young Manchester City fan cheers on his team in the stands Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A young Chelsea fan arrives at Wembley Stadium ahead of the game Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Fans make their way in to Wembley Stadium Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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Official who told Man City players to thank fans 'axed for FA Cup match'

A linesman who told Manchester City players to thank supporters that paid £62 for a ticket at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has been stood down from a match tonight, according to The Independent.

Joleon Lescott was told to 'go and see' the Man City fans after they beat Arsenal. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

John Brooks was caught on camera, after City's 2-0 win against Arsenal, telling Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott: "They've paid 62 quid over there, go and see them."

The body that assigns referees and assistants to games, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, has reportedly punished the linesman for his comment and dropped him from tonight's FA Cup replay between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.

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Dramatic bust-up between Balotelli and Mancini

Balotelli, left, and Mancini have endured a fractious relationship on and off the pitch. Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke

Dramatic pictures appear to show Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli in a physical bust-up with Roberto Mancini, his manager.

The images show the pair tussling and and grabbing each other before they were restrained by colleagues.


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