Standing outside the awe-inspiring Santiago Bernabeu, it is difficult to describe this marvel as anything other than an unconquerable fortress. The instant appeal to both players and coaches alike is considerable. Yet for the latter, the managerial hot seat has become something of a poisoned chalice with Real Madrid searching for the 11th leader of their famous battalion in 10 years.
During that time, the club, considered by many as the most glamorous on the planet, has won a paltry six major trophies. Compare that ugly statistic to the magnificent 20 pieces of silver collected by fierce rivals FC Barcelona, and it is of paramount importance to both the Los Blancos fans and their board that the power shift in Spanish football is immediately addressed.
This seemed like a done deal during the summer of 2010. Tearfully fresh from winning a historic treble with Internazionale, the self-anointed Special One agreed to takeover at Real. The man on the street seemingly thought this was a recipe for success but the Portuguese was unable to replicate his magic from his previous spells which also included FC Porto and Chelsea.
Aside from impressively delivering a La Liga crown (in addition to an earlier Copa del Rey) amidst a period of Catalan dominance, his tenure at the Bernabeu will be notorious for eye-gouging and additional tomfoolery which finally made his position untenable.
So what now? Real president Florentino Perez, recently re-elected after his presidential race against... himself (no other candidates), is in no rush to appoint a successor according to his statements on Spanish television programme Los desayunos de TVE.
"In the coming days, we will look at the coaching staff and decide what we want for next season. We will not rush, because the important thing is not to do it tomorrow but to do it well.”
There is never a shortage of names when the Real Madrid hot seat becomes vacant. Narrowing the list down to five meant we lost some good men along the way.