In the face of ever mounting criticism following Manchester City's end of season disintegration, scarf wearing head coach, Roberto Mancini has announced that he has taken the first steps in the process of papering over the cracks with unsettled striker, Super Mario Balotelli.
"I have bought the lad an Easter egg," Mancini revealed. "It's a lovely big Easter egg. It's in a big gold cardboard box and it has a massive pink bow tied around it. It isn't one of those cheap things you get at the pound shop. I paid good money for this at a Thornton's Chocolate Kabin in town. This is my Easter gift to Mario. He can do with it as he pleases - share it with his Momma in Wythenshawe, or with one of his prostitute friends. Is his choice. All I ask in return is that he score four goals at the Emirates on Sunday, to keep us within five points of Jockinese man and the mob from Trafford. Is no too much to ask. Madre mia!"
Skoob Sports News attempted to contact Mario Balotelli on a mobile number given to us last year by a bloke from The News Of The World, but were told that the number we had dialled had not been recognised.
Roberto Mancini has recently been rallying his troops by telling them that three points at the Emirates on Sunday can help them to secure the title.
Providing rivals Manchester United drop points and City win their next seventeen league games.
"Yeah, go for it scarfy boy," Skoob Sports News's Martin Shuttlecock sighed. "I told you they were delusional. The city is theirs? Maybe not."
More as we get it.