Since Manchester United secured the Premier League crown against Aston Villa a few weeks back, the rumor mills have been ablaze with reports that Manchester City's championship winning manager, Roberto Mancini, will be shown the back door at the end of the season.
It appears now as if those rumors are coming to fruition, with The Independent reporting that Mancini will be fired before the end of the week, and potentially within the next 48 hours.
The news come directly off the back of the Sky Blue's devastating FA Cup final defeat to relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic.
When Ben Watson, returning from a lengthy injury he picked up at Spurs back in November, headed home from close range to take the famous cup back to Wigan, the final nail was driven into the Mancini coffin.
City's chief executive, Ferran Soriano, wants to bring new blood to the club, citing his main ambition to have an improved European campaign in the coming years. Most believe that this will lead to the eventual acquisition of former Villareal and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini.
One has to wonder if this decision will be in the best interest of the club. Over the past decade we have become accustomed to this brand of all-or-nothing administration in regards to the manager position at Chelsea. It appears as though Manchester City may now be falling into that ilk as well.
Mancini brought City their first league title in over 50 years. Kicking him out the door after one trophy-less season seems almost barbaric to me, but I guess this is just the way modern football is going.
Whatever your opinion, it now seems inevitable that Manchester City will have to find a new man to challenge David Moyes' Manchester United (feels odd to say that) next season.