Diego Forlan has launched a scathing critique of Real Madrid's dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti in his weekly column for UAE news website The National.
Forlan, formerly of Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, claims that the sacking of the Italian is typical of Real in that "they sack managers when they've won the European Cup."
Forlan continues by saying how due to Ancelotti's popularity amongst the Madrid fans the club chose to sack him now rather than mid-season as that would have caused unrest within supporters.
However, now the Madrid faithful have a chance to ""digest the news, they'll go on holiday and then they'll return with enthusiasm for the new coach. And he'll lose his job in a year if Madrid don't win anything."
Forlan claims that whilst the environment at Real can offer "challenges" to players and coaches alike at the "the most successful club of all time, a club who can pay more than almost anyone else", it breeds instability regardless of performance or value.
He cites the example of Angel Di Maria, and his transfer to Manchester United, as an illustration of Real's constant need to "dominate the news", despite the fact that Di Maria had been a key player for Madrid in the 2013-14 campaign.
Forlan continues that he prefers the Barcelona model for success and performance, as they look to "promote youth and keep the core of their team together" and this philosophy has reaped rewards for the Catalan giants, who remain on course for a domestic and European treble this season.
Diego Forlan regularly contributes to The National as well as playing for Cerezo Osaka in Japan's J League.