Manchester City's attempts to retain their Premier League title took irreversible damage after a 2-0 defeat by Everton in their latest match, meaning that they will spend the summer looking to get ready for another attempt next season.
In truth, for too much of this season City have looked capable without hitting the heights they reached last season, with a number of their star names not producing consistently excellent performances.
It remains to be seen whether Roberto Mancini remains in charge at the end of the campaign, given City's failure in the Champions League and now almost certainly the loss of their league title. No matter who is in charge on the training ground, changes in personnel are needed.
City will have to make room for newcomers by offloading members of their current squad. Here's four players they should start with.