Manchester City were in talks with Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti months before sacking Roberto Mancini last May, the Italian claims.
Manchester City are to appoint a new manager following the decision to sack Roberto Mancini. Here, we look at who could succeed him.
Following Manchester City's decision to bring Mancini's reign to an end, a host of top European clubs were placed on high alert.
Manuel Pellegrini says he has a verbal agreement with Manchester City to become their new manager.
The Malaga coach has so far refused to commit his future to the Blues until the Spanish season is over.
But he's told Spanish TV that, while he doesn't have a signed contract, he's been in talks with City and expects to succeed Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City fans have thanked former manager Roberto Mancini by placing a 'Grazie Mancini' advert in an Italian newspaper.
The full page ad appeared in Gazetta Dello Sport after Mancini placed an advert in the Manchester Evening News thanking fans for their support.
The advert, says, 'once a blue, always a blue'.
Manchester City have confirmed the departure of five more members of Roberto Mancini's backroom staff.
Mancini was sacked after three-and-a-half years as manager on Monday and his first-team coach David Platt left the following day.
Among those also to have departed are defensive specialist Angelo Gregucci and reserve team boss Attilio Lombardo, the former Sampdoria and Crystal Palace player.
A City statement read: "Manchester City can confirm that Ivan Carminati, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara, Angelo Gregucci and Attilio Lombardo have left their respective roles at the football club.
"We thank them for their contribution to Manchester City since their arrival and wish them well with their future careers."
This time last year Roberto Mancini led Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Twelve months on and he's been shown the door.
Chris Hall now looks back at Mr Mancini's time at the club - and some of the highs and the lows.
After a tumultuous six days in North West football, Manchester City have become the third of our major clubs looking to appoint a new manager.
Roberto Mancini has been sacked, a year to the day after helping them to their first Premier League title in 44 years.
The club blamed missed targets, but many fans have been left dismayed and disappointed.
David Chisnall reports.