A press conference was called at the Bernabeu last Monday during which President Florentino Perez, after keeping the world's media waiting, announced the sacking of Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid manager.
Tensions had started to intensify in Madrid mere months - even weeks - into the Spaniard's tenure at a club renowned for giving managers limited time to achieve what seems to be an unprecedented level of success.
Previous managers have fallen by the wayside after falling out with, or simply upsetting, star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Rumours have it Benitez suggested to Ronaldo how he could increase his chances of scoring - a recommendation that was never to be taken seriously by someone who has netted more goals than he has played games for the Spanish side.
Ronaldo's disbelief in Benitez's ability to succeed at Real came to fruition following Los Blancos' crushing 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in November.
The Portuguese said, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial: "With this coach we will not win anything."
IS ZIDANE THE ANSWER?
With scarce coaching experience, taking on a job at the Bernabeu would usually be a perilous decision destined for failure by any boss.
However, unlike previous managers such as Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Benitez, Zinedine Zidane holds legendary status at the club.
Alongside the likes of the Brazilian Ronaldo and Luis Figo, the Frenchman was vital to Madrid's successes during his playing days and whilst this will ultimately play no role in results, there will be renewed faith and hope under the legendary midfielder.