Rudy Funk’s column: Pressure is tough on managers in the modern game

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We’re seeing the headlines circulating about the futures of Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini in the media again this week.

Arsenal have lost ground over recent years and look very much likely to go another season without a trophy after losing to Blackburn in the FA Cup and then 3-1 at home to a very impressive Bayern Munich side in the Champions League just days later.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League match at Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League match at Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

I still look at the good work Wenger has done since joining Arsenal all those years ago.

He is a great manager and he has worked wonders bring through so many youngsters at the club over the years.

Spotting the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie at young ages and helping them improve into world class players.

Also to a lesser extent the likes of Patrick Vieira, who wasn’t well known when he first joined the Gunners.

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller (not pictured) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League match at Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller (not pictured) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League match at Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

I honestly think Arsenal should stick with Wenger.

Losing to Bayern is no shameful thing.

They are a superb side who are flying in the Bundesliga and could win the Champions League this season too.

Time will tell on that one.

On the other hand, there is a totally different project going on at Manchester City and their manager Mancini has come in for some criticism recently.

To be fair to him, he has to contend with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United down the road, so it isn’t exactly an embarrassment that they might not win the title.

But the Italian has had money to spend and should be doing better.

I think, personally, that City will look to make a change at the end of the season and aim to go in a different direction. But time will tell.

The pressures at City and Arsenal can be compared to my job here at Scarborough Athletic.

We are expected to do well everytime we play and due to our fantastic support, opposition teams look forward to playing against us.

I am constantly being judged as manager and when we aren’t playing well, questions will be asked.

Pound-for-pound, the pressures are similar and I just have to get on with managing the players in the best manner possible.

At the moment, performances and results are good so there is no room for anyone to criticise, and long may that continue.