By FOX SPORTS Staff
Mancini was responsible for leading City to win the title last season, ending the club's agonising 44 year wait for success in the Premier League, but circumstances this season have not gone the way of the former Inter Milan manager.
The Italian tactician's future at City has come under intense scrutiny recently following a string of disappointing results which have left the Citizens a massive 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.
However, Eriksson, who holds the distinction of being City's first foreign manager, believes that Mancini is still the right man for the Citizens and urged the club to retain the 48-year-old's services for the next season.
"I think the players still want to play for Mancini," Eriksson was quoted as saying by the Sun.
"He is a good coach.
"The absence of Yaya Toure affected the club's results.
"Mancini feels the pressure on him but I don't think it disturbs him. He has been in that seat so many times."
City will take on Leeds in the FA Cup on Sunday, with many speculating that a bad result could mean the end of the road for Mancini.