Kolo Toure: 'Silverware could save Roberto Mancini'

Toure: 'Silverware could save Mancini'
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Kolo Toure admits that Manchester City are targeting the FA Cup to help Roberto Mancini keep his job at the Etihad.

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has declared that the club are desperate to win the FA Cup to help alleviate the pressure on manager Roberto Mancini.

The Italian's position as coach at the Etihad is under threat thanks to a misfiring title defence, which sees City languishing 12 points behind league leaders Manchester United with 12 games left to play.

Toure has admitted that winning the cup will strengthen Mancini's position at Eastlands and help salvage the club's faltering campaign.

The Ivorian centre-back said: "Winning a trophy will help the manager to be here, for sure.

"For a team like City it's difficult to go a season without winning one trophy. So the FA Cup is really important for us."

City booked a quarter-final tie against Barnsley next month by beating Leeds United 4-0 at the Etihad on Sunday.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup 5th round match against Leeds on February 17, 2013
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