Man City’s Gael Clichy backs under-fire manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy issues his backing for under-fire manager Roberto Mancini ahead of their FA Cup semi-final

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Gael Clichy joined Manchester City from Arsenal in 2011 Photo: Etihad Airways

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Gael Clichy has issued his backing for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

The Citizens are 12 points behind Manchester United in the Premier League title race, while they crashed out of the Champions League and League Cup in 2012.

However, Clichy doesn’t feel a change of management would necessarily result in immediate success, insisting Mancini’s players should also accept responsibility for a poor season.

“Some people will say we should have done better and want the manager out,” Clichy told the Daily Mirror.

“OK, you can understand it and we have people at the top who will decide that.

“But then you have others who think we have won maybe three things in three years and if we change the manager than the new one will bring in four or five players, take three or four out. That’s 40 per cent of the team and then you need time to adjust.

“That means in a way you’re moving a bit backwards when what you really want is to build year after year.

“In three years he won the Charity Shield, the Premier League and the FA Cup.

“For some that would be great. Others think that with all the money the club have invested, anyone could have done it. You can’t win.

“But the reality is we won the title last year and there are not a lot of teams who retain it the following season. So can you blame the manager for that?

“You can also blame the players, because we are the ones that make things happen on the pitch. It’s a no-win situation for everyone.

“I just try and give my best for the team and the people at the top will decide.”

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