Roberto Mancini will forever be a hero for Manchester City fans for bringing them their first Premier League title. In one of the most exciting ends to a Premier League season since its inception that late goal from Sergio Aguero snatched the title from the team that dubbed them noisy neighbours Manchester United.
That was in 2012, but the next season internal strife and poor transfer market judgement saw City fall behind United once again and Mancini left the club toward the end of the 2012-13 season.
Mancini has since has an unsuccessful spell in charge of Galatasaray and is now filling his time with the usual media work that managers get up to after becoming unemployed - which Mancini did when his deal in Istanbul was mutually rescinded.
This week he has been speaking to the press in Italy about his continued relationship with Mario Balotelli, while also offering his thoughts on the Premier League title race.
And, true to his Manchester City lineage, he made it clear that he did not consider United realistic title threats to City and favourites Chelsea - despite the appointment of Louis van Gaal and several high-profile transfer dealings.
"Chelsea and Manchester City are the best teams in the Premier League, neither Manchester United nor any other team can do nothing about it."
Mancini will of course be hoping that City can once again make plenty of noise in Manchester come May - however that may be spoiled by a party in London as Chelsea lead the early pack in the Premier League.