Westley set for Boro return

Roberto Mancini has conceded the Premier League title but says

he will be at Manchester City next season to try and win it

back.

Champions City will go into Saturday’s home game with Newcastle

18 points behind Manchester United, if the leaders win at

Sunderland in the day’s early game.

And Mancini insists City’s focus now should be holding off a

challenge from London duo Chelsea and Tottenham for the runners-up

spot.

He said: “It’s over, but this doesn’t change anything because we

should do our best from now to the end.

“Every top team, when you can’t win a title, you should try to

play well, try to win all the games, and we have the FA Cup

semi-final.

“We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points

behind and we play another nine games. For this reason it’s

important to keep working hard.”

The future of Mancini and midfielder Yaya Toure continue to be

questioned in the press, and newspaper reports on Thursday

suggested the Italian has been earmarked as the man to revive

Monaco’s fortunes.

Asked about the link, Mancini said: “Monaco is one of the best

teams in the French Second Division and they have a good manager.

I’ll stay here for a long time – like Yaya!”

Westley, 45, guided Boro to promotion to the Football League in

2010 and into League One the following year and is poised to

replace Smith after he was sacked last week.

Following his success at Stevenage, Westley quit to join Preston

in January last year but was axed last month with the club just

five points above the relegation zone.

Boro say they have a shortlist of three potential new managers

but Westley is in pole position and could be back in charge at

Broadhall Way over the weekend.

Chairman Phil Wallace said: “Yes, of course Graham is in the

frame, along with several others.

“His past achievements for the club would put him in a good

position and I’m long over the events of a year ago.

“I always understood the opportunity he had and his reasons for

wanting to leave, I just didn’t agree with the timing but that’s

history.

“We have a shortlist now of three and I’d hope that we can make

an appointment over the weekend.”