World Football Gossip Roundup: Roberto Mancini, Arsenal, Napoli and a Pig's Head
City fans may also be saying goodbye to a star striker very soon, but who is it and where will he be going?
And why have some players' banter gone a little too far at Stoke City?
Read on to find out more.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has thanked the club's fans for their support by taking out a full-page advertisement in a local newspaper.
The former Inter Milan boss was sacked on Monday night after City lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic and surrendered their Premier League title to Manchester United this season.
However, Mancini's name was regularly sung by City supporters throughout the campaign after the Italian guided the club to the league championship in 2012, the 2011 FA Cup and three successive Champions League qualifications.
Mancini is unlikely to be the only high-profile departure from Manchester City this summer. Striker Carlos Tevez is also on the verge of a move, according to reports.
But the forward's agent Adrian Rouco is now in Italy for discussions with the Serie A champions, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).
Is the managerial merry-go-round about to swing into full effect at Napoli?
Mazzarri would replace Andrea Stramaccioni at the San Siro Stadium, but a surprise name has been linked with Napoli as a result.
Heynckes will step down from his post after the German Cup final on June 1, with Pep Guardiola succeeding the former West Germany international.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club is close to completing the transfer of Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre.
The 20-year-old France Under-21 international is out of contract at the French club, but the Gunners would still be required to make a payment under the Bosman ruling, according to The Guardian.
But Wenger refused to be drawn on whether Sanogo will be joined by Wayne Rooney at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Manchester United striker has asked for a move from Old Trafford, alerting a number of high-profile clubs to a possible move for the England international.
Pranksters in a football dressing room are nothing new with former England international Paul Gascoigne, who's among the leading exponents of the "art." But a joke among the Stoke City players has taken on a distinctly unpleasant air.
Retiring striker Michael Owen saw his car pelted with flour and eggs before he left the club's training ground on Friday (via Daily Mail), but some players decided a joke involving a pig's head would be great fun.
Sadly, Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has failed to see the funny side after he found the head in his locker. As the Daily Telegraph reported, the former Sunderland man took out his revenge on the supposed perpetrator, teammate Glenn Whelan, by smashing the windscreen of his car.