It’s ridiculous! Kevin Keegan defends Man City boss Roberto Mancini

Former Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan says talk of Roberto Mancini being sacked is "ridiculous" despite a poor season

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Roberto Mancini's side are 12 points behind league leaders Man United Photo: Back Page Images

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Kevin Keegan believes it is “ridiculous” that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is under pressure despite a disappointing season at the Etihad Stadium.

City crashed out of the Champions League group stage before a series of poor league results allowed Manchester United to build up a 15-point lead at the top of the table.

Mancini’s men reduced the deficit to 12 points courtesy of a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Monday night and are gearing up for an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday.

And Keegan, who managed City between 2001 and 2005, believes Mancini deserves more time after winning the FA Cup in 2011 followed by the top-flight title last May.

“In any other sport it would be ridiculous to question someone who has gone into a football club, won the first trophy in 30-odd years, then won the league in the most exciting season ever,” said Keegan.

“Europe was a disappointment, but Europe was disappointing for Manchester United and Chelsea. You get that.

“You can make stories around them all you want. Is it right? No. Can it happen? Yes.

“But I don’t think there should even be a question of anything happening to Mancini.”

Keegan also defended Mancini’s transfer record, insisting City’s foreign stars could be much better next season after a full campaign in the English top flight.

“The media can say that it hasn’t worked because he bought five players and they didn’t win the title,” he added.

“That looks like they’ve taken a step backwards but some of those players might be a lot better next season.

“Players get judged purely on the football field but they’ve got to get their families over here, get settled and, in certain cases, learn the language.

“Mancini will want to make more signings this summer to keep everyone on their toes.

“But [Yaya] Toure has just signed for another four years and he’s a key player.”

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