Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties as Real Madrid manager on Monday after failing to bring a major trophy to the Bernabeu this season.
The club confirmed, via Sky Sports News HQ, that the Italian had been sacked from the position, with his last game in charge of Los Blancos being their 7-3 win against Getafe on May 23.
Despite Real Madrid ending the 2014-15 campaign without silverware, there was some debate as to whether Ancelotti would see the axe given the success of last season in particular, winning La Decima, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spoke about the decision to remove Ancelotti, saying (per AS): "What did Ancelotti do wrong? I don't know. The demands here at Real Madrid are very high."
Perez also addressed the high turnover of managers at the club, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan.
"The job of Real Madrid coach is one where you suffer a lot over time," the president said. "I remember in [Jose] Mourinho's third year, he was the coach who had spent the most time [in the job].
Spanish newspaper Sport even claimed on May 18 that the Real Madrid dressing room was very much behind Ancelotti, one of only two managers ever to have won three European Cups—the other being Bob Paisley:
Cristiano Ronaldo echoed that sentiment on Twitter when expressing support for Ancelotti after the season:
Despite that loyalty, Los Merengues will be led by a new helmsman in the 2015-16 season. The search for Ancelotti's successor is understood to be well underway already.
According to the Press Association, Ancelotti will now take this time to enjoy a year-long break from football and also to correct an issue with his back:
After tumbling out of this season's Champions League, conceding La Liga's crown to Barcelona looked like the nail in Ancelotti's coffin, but some may argue the former Milan icon wasn't deserving of an early exit.
Questions will now turn not only to whom Real will employ as Ancelotti's successor but also what lies ahead for the Italian tactician, who's bound to have his own share of suitors in the near future.