With much of the football world up in arms about the recent sacking of former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, it is being reported that his failure to bring home a single piece of silverware this season may not have been the driving factor in his departure from the club.
BBC Sport's chief editor David Bond is reporting that Mancini's aggressive and sometimes dictatorial approach to coaching his players and dealing with Sky Blues executives won him no friends at the club.
On top of this, the board were also allegedly unhappy with the lack of development in Man City's youth system—players such as Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia were all but forgotten about this year after their big-money summer moves.
Mancini's all-too-public bustups with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have been well-documented over the past couple of years, and it would appear as though this carried over into the boardroom as well, with many executives at the club unhappy at how the relationship between the club's owner and their manager had broken down.
Speaking to Radio 5 Live, former Manchester City defender Danny Mills said:
There wasn't the togetherness between player and manager.
Basically, Mancini just ignored players from day one. He was the manager, he made decisions, he made no attempt to have any sort of relationship with the players, didn't take them under his wing.
The void left at Manchester City is more than likely to be filled by current Malaga first team coach Manuel Pellegrini, who saw his side come within minutes of this season's Champions League semifinal—thwarted in the end by a very Manchester City-esque comeback by Borussia Dortmund.
Having taken Villarreal from the obscurity of the Spanish lower divisions to Champions League semifinalists in a matter of years, Pellegrini was offered the job as Real Madrid coach.
In his one and only season at the side, he broke Madrid's points record in La Liga before shockingly being let go by the board after a poor Champions League campaign.
If Pellegrini does take over the former English champions, then a title push for the 2013-14 season is very much a reality for City.