Manchester City considered a move for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before choosing Manuel Pellegrini
The Blues now find themselves in direct competition for the title with the man they once contemplated approaching, and the Northern Irishman has gone on to build a reputation as one of the most exciting young coaches in Europe.
His name featured in the thoughts of the club hierarchy in the final days of sacked Italian Roberto Mancini’s tenure, which came to an abrupt end after three-and-a-half years at the helm.
Mancini was given his marching orders after a woeful 1-0 loss to underdogs Wigan Athletic in last year’s FA Cup final.
A source close to City told FDN they were impressed with his attacking philosophy and methodical approach to training ground matters, and only his lack of European experience counted against him in the end. (SportsDirectNews)
It would have been a shock to see this deal get done