Pep Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City was announced on February 1 and a deal between the manager and the Citizens was believed to have been in place long before that.
Indeed, by the time it was officially confirmed, it was already considered one of the worst kept secrets in football.
But since then, Manchester City have gone from Premier League title contenders and possible Champions League winners to a team struggling for fourth place.
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Going into the last day, they need a point away against Swansea City to make sure they finish fourth and even then they face a tough two-legged play-off next season to qualify for the Champions League proper.
As a result of this dramatic downturn, Paul Scholes believes that the Spaniard, who has won three Bundesliga titles in three years at Bayern Munich, would not be so quick to accept the advances of the Etihad if they came calling now.
Scholes told The Times: "It is going to be tricky for Pep coming to a club without the Champions League. If [the job offer] had been nearer the time, I don't think he would have come.
"The Guardiola thing didn't help City at all. It undervalued the manager [Pellegrini] and the City players packed up. They should be trying to impress the new manager."
After a disappointing season, Guardiola is expected to instigate major changes in the Manchester City squad. Not only will there be a number of new signings but as many as half a dozen first-team stars are in danger of being sold.
For Scholes, the most important place for Guardiola to strengthen is the defence with Vincent Kompany's incessant injuries hampering the team.
The former England midfielder added: "They possibly need another centre-half because Vincent Kompany looks as though he can't stay fit."