Man. City’s Mancini to Face End-of-Season Review: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Mancini Review

Manchester City will review manager Roberto Mancini’s position at the end of the season, the Guardian reported.

Mancini, who was given a five-year contract in July after guiding the club to its first English league title in 44 years, will face a review in Abu Dhabi led by City Chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak and including Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano, the newspaper added.

‘Play With Fear’

Mancini, whose team visits Manchester United in the Premier League today, said lower-ranked clubs try harder when playing against City than they do when facing its crosstown rival, the Independent reported.

“No one plays well against United because they only play with fear,” the newspaper cited Mancini as saying. “Their mentality is poor in that game.”

Fitness Failure

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio said the team’s players aren’t fit enough after the Black Cats lost 2-1 to Chelsea yesterday in his first game since replacing Martin O’Neill, the Daily Mail reported.

“It’s not the fittest team in the world,” the Mail cited Di Canio as saying. “But we are going to work and give them more energy in the next few days and weeks.”

Swansea Signing

Swansea City will make Real Betis’s Jose Canas its first acquisition of the offseason after reaching a pre-contract agreement to sign the midfielder on a free transfer, the Daily Mirror reported.

Canas, 25, will join Swansea on a three-year contract from July 1 after rejecting an offer from West Bromwich Albion, the newspaper added.

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