Mancini revealed he has turned down a series of bids for Mario Balotelli this summer, but it is the players he wants to get rid of that are proving a handicap to bringing in new faces.
Mancini is believed to want Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, plus Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi, having already given up on first-choice target Robin van Persie, who seems to be bound for Manchester United. And it is obvious he is not happy.
"After four months, I don't know what to say. You need to ask Brian Marwood," said Mancini.
"I am not the sporting director. I can't say anything about players."
Asked whether he was happy with the management structure at City, in which Marwood determines the overall policy, Mancini replied: "I am not happy - but I don't know what to say."