Mancini believes he is the best manager in England

Never let it be said that mere results can dent Roberto Mancini’s impregnable self-belief. Although Manchester City’s attempt to defend their Premier League title looks like petering out before Easter, Mancini is convinced he is the best boss in English football.

"In the last 15 months I am the best manager in England," he told the BBC, responding to the persistent rumours that he would be leaving City. "Someone says for six months that Manchester City would change manager. Guardiola would come in, and after Guardiola went to Bayern Munich, now another manager."

Jose Mourinho has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but Mancini insists that his own credentials are second to none. "I won one Premier League, one FA Cup, one Charity Shield, there is not another manager that's won like me in the last 15 months. I can do nothing, but it is the reality."

Mancini’s belief that the Charity Shield counts as a real trophy in England is touching, but it is his failure in a really important competition that may bring his City career to a close. For the second season in succession, the club failed in the Champions League, finishing bottom of their group after some shambolic performances.

Mancini might remember that, in a previous managerial job, at Internazionale, three domestic titles did not make up for regular failures in the Champions League. At Inter, it was his successor who finally delivered the biggest trophy in Europe. His name? Jose Mourinho.

City have the FA Cup as a possible source of silverware this season, although Mancini still harbours some hopes of the Premier League title despite a 12 point deficit. Much depends on the continued form of Sergio Aguero. "If Sergio is like this and our strikers continue to score a lot of goals from now until the end, the championship is not finished," Mancini insisted.

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