Manchester City fans have started to react on Twitter to the decision to sack manager Roberto Mancini:
Thank you Roberto. You will be respected by me forever for bringing the good times to Manchester City. Always have a place for you. #MCFC
properly gutted, so undeserved and to do it a year on from winning the league... shown him no respect at all #mcfc
The imminent sacking of Roberto Mancini proves that 'respect' in football is about far more than how the players conduct themselves.
The Italian's three-and-a-half years in charge at the Etihad Stadium have seen some significant highs and lows.