"The fella has done everything that could have been asked of him and more during his three years in charge at the Etihad.
"Yet it still doesn’t seem to be enough for some City fans who would have thought you were mad if you’d told them 10 years ago that their team would be Premier League champions.
"We play City on Tuesday but hardly a week goes by without some story emerging how this or that manager is being lined up to take over from Mancini in the summer.
"But the way I see it, he deserves a medal for the way he has coped with some of the egos he’s got in that dressing room. I don’t think I’d have the patience to put up with them.
"There’s nothing that winds me up more than having footballers moping about the place looking like they’re not enjoying themselves.
"Whenever I’ve had a player acting like that I’ve always looked to get them out of the club as quickly as possible.
"But that’s easier said than done with Balotelli because City paid £22million to sign him from Inter Milan and he’s probably on a massive contract that he’s not just going to tear up."