Mancini is reportedly now on borrowed time at Eastlands.
Premier League champions Manchester City have earmarked Atletico de Madrid head coach Diego Simeone as a possible replacement for under-pressure manager Roberto Mancini at the Ethiad stadium next season, according to reports in the Daily Star.
City’s Italian boss, despite guiding the club to their first top-flight title since 1968 last season, is under mounting pressure to keep hold of his job at Eastlands, despite the fact that the former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan trainer only signed a new long-term contract with the club last year until May 2017.
However, it appears as though Mancini’s failure to either retain the Premier League or make more of an impression in the Uefa Champions League this season will end up costing him his job at City.
And, highly-rated young Atleti coach Simeone could now be the surprise man to replace Mancini in Manchester next season, with the Argentinian’s eye-catching record in the Spanish capital since taking over at the Vicente Calderon having attracted City’s bosses.
In 80 matches over the course of the past 18 months, Simeone has won 51 times, which amounts to a 63 per cent win ratio.
During that time he has also guided Atletico Madrid to both the 2012 UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup, and so it is easy to understand just why City are so keen to bring him to the Premier League this summer.