The party just ended for Manchester City Football Club.
----LAST UPDATE 24 MAY 2013----
As with all parties, whether they are successful or not, cleaning up afterward is invariably unpleasant.
In City's case, tidying up this summer is going to be tedious and occasionally a bit discouraging.
Who threw up in the flower bed? Who chucked the keg into the swimming pool? Why is the iPod playing Abba Gold on a loop?
Ironically, City's best hope to fix this mess will come where it all came unglued last summer: the transfer window.
City opted for complementary pieces and glue guys last summer. The club believed that the stars in place (Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, et al.) needed only peripheral help.
So this summer, with a new manager on the way and a clear edict known to all concerning how second place is no place, watch for City to put away the tack hammer and bring out the sledge from the perspective of financial outlay.
After sissy-footing around and losing Robin van Persie last summer, Sheikh Mansour and Company are probably not apt to make similar mistakes this time around.