Mancini new favourite in sack race

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been slashed to 5/4 favourite with Sky Bet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job.

The reigning champions lost 3-1 to Southampton yesterday evening, meaning league leaders Manchester United could go 12 points clear if they beat Everton this afternoon (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1).

Mancini was as long as 4/1 before the shock loss, but City are without a win in their last three games and face Chelsea in their next league encounter.

Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “The pressure is mounting on Roberto Mancini. Ever since City’s Champions League exit his every move has been scrutinised, and now it looks as though the league is out of reach too.

“City overcame a similar situation last season, but football can be ruthless, and we’re not convinced the club’s owners are sentimental enough to stick with Mancini this time.”

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