The defender doesn’t think the club should sack his boss even if they don’t win a trophy this season.
Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has expressed the belief that replacing Roberto Mancini as manager would be a step backwards for the club.
Rumours have been rife that the Italian will be sacked in the summer, as their Premier League defence has been left in tatters and they crashed out of the group stage in the Champions League for the second year running – failing to win a single match in the competition.
Yet Clichy thinks that getting rid of Mancini would be the wrong choice and would see the club’s ambitions regress.
“Some people will say we should have done better and want the manager out,” the left-back told the Daily Mirror.
“If we change the manager then the new one will bring in four or five players, take three or four out.”
“That means in a way you’re moving a bit backwards when what you really want is to build year after year.”
City beat rivals Manchester United 1-2 in their last Premier League match at Old Trafford, yet despite the result they still trail the Red Devils by 12 points.
Defeats at Everton, Southampton and Sunderland, as well as goalless draws at Chelsea, West Ham and QPR have seen the Citizens drift away in the challenge for the title.
However, City have won the Community Shield, FA Cup and Premier League in the three years since Mancini was brought in as manager.
They also have a chance of another FA Cup victory as they take on Chelsea in the semi final of the tournament on Sunday, with victory setting up a Wembley final with either Millwall or Wigan.