Roberto Mancini is under pressure after a 3-1 loss at Southampton.
Roberto Mancini could be shown the door by Manchester City as early as this weekend if they lose to Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round.
The Citizens chief is battling on a number of fronts to convince the club's owners he should remain in charge beyond this season.
But his departure may be swift, should Neil Warnock's team take another Premier League scalp at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, having accounted for Tottenham in the last round.
City are 1.16 to win Sunday's game in normal time and 10.00 to win 1-0 in 90 minutes, while they are 3.50 to go on and win the FA Cup this season.
Leeds will be backed by over 6,000 for the trip across the Pennines as Mancini is feeling the heat much closer to home.
Sources have indicated the City board are now demanding answers following last weekend's woeful showing in the 3-1 defeat at Southampton.
That reverse has all but killed City's hopes of retaining the Premier League title, with rivals Manchester United now 12 points clear.
Coupled with exiting the Champions League in the first group stage, and players seemingly at odds over Mancini's public criticism of certain individuals, the FA Cup is the club's last chance of silverware.
City's director of football Txiki Begiristain is understood to be closely monitoring developments, with Jose Mourinho and Michael Laudrup being heavily touted in the background.
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