It is possibly the least surprising news of the Premier League season.
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been sacked by club owner Vincent Tan after a week of turmoil at the Welsh club.
The two men have been at loggerheads since reports emerged of an email sent to the manager, telling him to resign or be sacked last week, as David Ornstein of BBC Sport reported.
Subsequently, Mackay took his team to Liverpool Saturday where the travelling Cardiff supporters voiced their support for the manager before, during and after the 3-1 defeat.
Even the Anfield fans joined in the backing for the Scot, as owner Tan was left in no doubt what the majority of fans thought.
However, the 3-0 home defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day was enough for Tan to wield the axe, which he did less than 24 hours later.
But the announcement of Mackay's departure has sent Twitter into a frenzy.
The Board of Directors at #CardiffCity have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed in due course.— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) December 27, 2013
Malky Mackay has finally been put out of his misery and sacked by Cardiff. Wouldn't be surprised if West Brom have been lying in wait.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 27, 2013
So Cardiff fans, ball is in your court now. Force him out. Tans gone back on his word, but don't go back on yours. Fight for your club.— James Hewitt (@Cestrian_Jim) December 27, 2013
Vincent Tan is 100/1 to name himself the new Cardiff City manager, yes expect anything from that guy, he'd probably do it.— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) December 27, 2013
But there was some criticism of Mackay, particularly over his summer spending at the club.
Harsh or not, Cardiff had 4th highest net spend in summer. Awful performance v Southampton yesterday. Campbell/Odemwingie/Cornelius poor.— James Fielden (@James_Fielden) December 27, 2013
One suggestion for a replacement may be a little far-fetched, however.
What are the chances????? pic.twitter.com/HvvYA1zSgU— Peter Hall (@Pistolpeteh86) December 27, 2013
But back to the criticism...
Vincent Tan. Bad for Cardiff city. Bad for the premier league. Bad for football— Ben Broad (@BenBroad2) December 27, 2013
Malky Mackay sacked. Who will be the next man to incur the wrath of Vincent Tan at Cardiff City? pic.twitter.com/GQZt69WmfX— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 27, 2013
After the Liverpool loss, it was announced that Mackay would be Cardiff manager for the "foreseeable future." Perhaps not...
So the "foreseeable future" didn't really amount to very much for Malky Mackay did it? Sacked.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) December 27, 2013