After a disastrous 3-1 defeat at the hands of Premier League minnows Southampton last weekend, Manchester City found themselves 12 points behind bitter rivals Manchester United at the summit of the domestic table.
This is certainly not a position that the title-holders expected to find themselves in at this point, especially considering how they did not lose a league match until the 16th fixture of the season, which was a hotly contested Manchester derby.
Still, even though the Baby Blues have only lost two further league games since then, they've now gone three straight league games without winning, with the Southampton loss following draws against Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers.
Sunday afternoon, they looked to begin a turnaround with an FA Cup fifth-round win over Leeds United. But with a title defense looking bleak and the Champions League campaign an embarrassment in itself, Roberto Mancini has frequently come under fire for a host of reasons.
After all, with such a talent-rich squad, how are City not dominating everything? Things are not over by any means, though, and Mancini will certainly be around to lead his men in the chase. Taking into account Sunday's result and observations of recent play, here is why the Italian will be sticking around.