Roberto Mancini will consider strengthening Manchester City in January, with the manager discussing potential buys with Txiki Begiristain, the club's director of football. The Italian hinted that Brian Marwood's replacement has the expertise to find the value in the winter transfer window which can be difficult to acquire.
The move is a departure from the club's policy which had been that City would not add in January unless there were a series of injuries to a specific area of Mancini's squad, or the unexpected sale of a key player.
He said: "In January it's difficult to find the players to improve our team a lot. We have the support from our chairman always and maybe we will talk about it. But it's difficult to change the team in January."
In the summer Robin van Persie, who went to Sunday's derby opponents Manchester United, and Eden Hazard, now at Chelsea, were among targets the Italian missed out on when this was Marwood's responsibility.
Asked if he been frustrated by this, Mancini hinted that the presence of Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, the new chief executive, may change City's success in the market. "I think that now we have people who know the market and can move quickly. Also in the past – three years ago we did well. But sometimes you have to work harder and more quickly than other teams," he said.
The recent appointments of Begiristain and Soriano, who were formerly at Barcelona, has caused speculation that Pep Guardiola, the former coach of the Catalan club, might one day replace Mancini.
But asked if he and Begiristain are on the same page, Mancini said: "Yes, him, me and Guardiola: I'm joking. He's a good guy and he knows the market very well and we have the same ideas about football."
Mancini added he understands the criticism directed at him after the 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in the final Champions League group game meant City failed to qualify for the Europa League. "I'm disappointed about Europe but we can't cry about this," he said. "We are professional players and we know. I'm disappointed not for me as a manager but I'm sorry for the club, the owner and the supporters, for them. I'm a manager, I've played football, and I know this can happen if you are a good team.
"It can happen that you go out of the Champions League and I'm sorry for all the people that work for us. We play every day and we know this can happen. Now we can't do anything more to improve this and I'm sure that we'll do better next year. I understand because we went out of the Champions League and we made some mistakes and I accept all the criticism. But I think in two years we did a good job because we won three trophies in two years and for us that is important and we have the chance to win more trophies this year. I think in the last two years not many managers won three trophies."