For 13 years Real Madrid toiled in the various stages of the Champions League, looking for the holy grail of La Decima.
Eventually the cool and calm Italian Carlo Ancelotti delivered everything that Los Blancos had desired, and then some.
A Copa del Rey triumph also found its way to Madrid and they were two wins away from a historic treble.
So why on earth are we talking of a potential dismissal of Ancelotti just 10 months later?
It's not unheard of for Florentino Perez to wield the axe of course, but surely the Italian is deserving of a little more courtesy?
Let's take a look at three reasons why Carlo Ancelotti doesn't deserve to be sacked.
22 wins in a row
There is always the argument that you're only as good as your next result, and in many respects that's a fair comment.
However, there aren't too many sides that can go on an unbeaten run of 22 games, let alone win them all.
That kind of high-quality consistency deserves respect, and not talk of possible removal from the position just three months after the conclusion of it.
Are we to assume that the same status quo will apply if Ancelotti takes Los Blancos on to La Liga glory?
That the measure of his achievements is based on a three-month mid-season period where perhaps results dipped a little?
First-class man management
Take a role call of Real's first team: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, james Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.
A team full of elite level exponents, but perhaps more pertinently, the biggest egos. What's more, we've not heard the dressing room murmurings that beset Jose Mourinho's time at Madrid.
Ancelotti has taken a sensible and pragmatic approach to dealing with his squad and they have repaid him in kind, in the main.
If you have the support of those that work for you and with you, why on earth would those at the top countenance a removal?!
Aside from the personal aspects, given that Ancelotti commands absolute respect from his team, Real Madrid are as settled now as a side as they've been over the last few seasons.
Many was the time before now when we would be poring over the dressing room unrest and more behind the scenes at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There hasn't even been a whiff of disquiet since Ancelotti's appointment. Money can't buy that.
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