Assuming Jose Mourinho decides to cut his losses at Real Madrid, although financially he has a lot to gain from reneging on his contract or inviting the boot of Florentino Perez to hoof him onto next season, the Portuguese is going to leave quite a vacuum.
Handed absolute dominion of team affairs at the club after his power struggle with Jorge Valdano, Mourinho has taken his carte blanche to extremes recently. His decision to bench Iker Casillas for two consecutive matches has backfired spectacularly.
There are few coaches that can step comfortably into the Italian leather brogues of the Special One, as Rafa Benitez can attest.
Should Real go for a safe pair of hands able to man-manage the most expensive collection of stars in world football? Or opt for a complete revolution in the coaching hierarchy at a club famous for chewing the men in tracksuits and spitting them like a rancid slice of chorizo?
Honorable mentions go to Joachim Loew and Guus Hiddink.