By NEIL CUSTIS
ROBERTO MANCINI will be Manchester City’s manager next season — even if they lose the FA Cup final.
Speculation is rife the Italian could be axed after a disappointing defence of the Premier League title.
But SunSport understands Mancini has the full support of new City chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
The trio have already been making plans for next season to significantly strengthen the squad in a bid to get the title back from rivals United.
Most importantly, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubaraak still backs the man he chose to replace Mark Hughes in December 2009.
Victory for City against Wigan at Wembley on May 11 would be Mancini’s third trophy in three seasons with two FA Cups and last season’s title.
In the wake of that title triumph last May, Mancini was given a new five-year deal.
Some saw the arrival of former Barcelona executives Soriano and Begiristain as putting pressure on Mancini.
But he has a better relationship with them than with previous chief exec Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood.