Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists that he does not fear the sack.
City are 12 points behind leaders Manchester United with 12 games remaining, but Mancini feels that winning the Premier League last season may have inflated expectations at the Etihad Stadium.
"I don't know what I should say about this. We started our project three years ago," he said.
"We won the Premier League maybe too quickly because usually it is four or five years for a team like City to do this.
"All the people who talk about this don't understand football.
"Because if Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager."
Mancini insists that he still has a strong relationship with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
"I speak with Khaldoon every week,” he said.
"He is like me. When we lost he has my mentality, he is upset and disappointed but this is normal and it's correct in football.
"After you lose you can't be happy for 24 hours but after that you need to think about the future.
"We have a good relationship. At this moment they aren't happy because when you lose you can't be happy but I think they are happy with our job over the three years."