Not that this is a surprise or anything, it was just time for the other shoe to fall...
A year to the day that this happened...
And only a few days after this happened...
Roberto Mancini is officially out at ManCity...
After winning the Premier League title for the first time in 44 years last season, expectations to repeat and compete were huge. But too many losses and draws to teams at the bottom of the table (QPR and Southampton) and offensive inconsistency combined with questionable substitution patterns and not getting anything done other than Maicon at the Transfer Window pretty much adds up to Pellegrini becoming the 1-to-3 favorite to take over at the Etihad.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement released by the club: "Roberto's record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of owner Sheikh Mansour, myself and the board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three-and-a-half years.
"He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the club's 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012.
"I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship."
Brian Kidd takes over for the last two games of the season...
Premier League: 133 games, 82 wins, 27 draws, 24 losses. Win percentage: 61.7 per cent.
FA Cup: 19 games, 13 wins, three draws, three losses. Win percentage: 68 per cent
League Cup: Nine games, four wins, one draw, four losses. Win percentage: 44.4 per cent.
Champions League: 12 games, three wins, four draws, five losses. Win percentage: 25 per cent.
Europa League: 16 games, 10 wins, three draws, three losses. Win percentage: 62.5 per cent.
Community Shield: Two games, one win, one loss. Win percentage: 50 per cent.
OVERALL: 191 games, 113 wins, 38 draws, 40 losses. Win percentage: 59.2 per cent.
Here's the early reports:
((HT: Sky Sports))