Roberto Mancini has paid for an entire page in the Manchester Evening News to acknowledge the support of the Manchester City faithful during his three-year spell at the club.
He paid tribute to "three unforgettable years" at Eastlands with pictures of the FA Cup, Community Shield and Premier League trophies - all of which he has won since being appointed Manchester City manager in 2009.
Most City supporters were sad to hear of his unceremonious sacking on Monday, exactly one year after winning the league title, and the Italian was not afforded the opportunity to express some parting words to the club's fans.
Just days after losing out on a second FA Cup trophy to Wigan, the charismatic 48-year-old signed off by telling supporters: "You will always be in my heart. Ciao."
During his tenure at the Citizens, Mancini won the FA Cup and the Community Shield to add to his Premier League success.
However, after his failures in Europe and poor attempt to defend the Premier League title it seemed the last straw was the FA Cup final defeat and this resulted in Mancini being given the chop.
Although he is expected to be fondly remembered for bringing the Premier League title back to City for the first time in almost half a century - but Etihad officials are already seeking his successor, with Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini the favourite.
Meanwhile, a group of Blues fans are hoping to reciprocate by purchasing a similar advert in Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport to thank Mancini for his work.
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