Roberto Mancini has been rewarded for his feat in guiding Manchester City to an FA Cup, Champions League qualification and the Premier League title over the last two seasons with a new five-year contract rumoured to be worth £7.5 million-a-year.
It is a fairly unprecedented length of deal to be handed to the manager of a major European force, particularly one as ambitious as Manchester City, and reflects the esteem in which the Italian is held after a spectacular first 31 months at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Inter boss has rarely been doubted by the club's supporters, however it has only really been since dethroning Manchester United that he has received overdue praise from the media and outsiders.
One reason for cynicism was disapproval at Mark Hughes' dismissal, while the cliché-cultivated distaste for Italian coaches and the belief that he wasn't high-profile enough to lead them in the long-term, instead keeping the seat warm for a Jose Mourinho-like figure, were also ammunition.
The whispers against him were prevalent even this spring as they briefly conceded top spot, prompting Citizens fans to launch the "Respect Mancini" campaign to stop tabloid talk of his future, but he has gradually won round his critics.
A new contract offers Mancini enormous financial security, though he will be well aware that the pressure to keep improving persists, with the next phase of the task being the one that he has historically found the most difficult.
The statement announcing his extension claimed that: "This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours."
Mancini's six prior Champions League bids resulted in two group-stage exits, two round-of-16 departures and two quarter-final eliminations, his lack of continental success in four seasons at Inter earning him the sack despite domestic dominance. They won the trophy two years after he left.
That dissatisfying record, accompanied by Manchester City's lack of experience at that level (think how many tries it took Chelsea) renders it a tad surprising that they are rated third favourites to win the competition in 2012-13 at 9.28/1, behind Barcelona 4.3100/30 and Real Madrid 4.77/2.