On a day that was supposed to be about players moving, a summer managerial transfer stole the headlines.
Fair play to Manchester City, they saw that nothing was happening on transfer deadline day at around lunchtime, and announced the worst kept secret in football that their current manager Manuel Pellegrini will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, while Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will be swapping Bavaria for Manchester from June onwards.
Pellegrini has had a successful time of things with the Blues having won the Premier League title and the League Cup in his first season, and was taken to the hearts of their fans - one only needs to see the flag of the Chilean with the caption 'This Charming Man' written below.
On their club website, City announced that Guardiola would be joining on a three-year contract, and the timing of the announcement was out of respect to their current boss, who could still win an unprecedented quadruple as his side competes for honours on all four fronts, and to remove the burden of speculation.
Naturally the reaction on Twitter was of excitement at the arrival of a man who has a CV of three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, two Copa Del Rey titles, two Bundesliga titles, the DFK Pokal and three World Club Cup titles. That's not really much to write home about is it?
Still, there was of course that respect for Pellegrini who has presided over a pretty decent reign at City, and it may get better still before he waves goodbye.
Here was a flavour of the reaction:
Should I be sad about pellegrini or excited for Guardiola??— neeve (@nm_coyne) February 1, 2016
This has completely caught me off-guard. Did not expect it to be announced so soon. The next big step in City's history!— MCFC Info (@MCFClnfo) February 1, 2016