After eight months and 12 days in charge, a Russian oligarch's pocket change shy of 30 million quid, and a run of three wins in 12, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager on Sunday.
No-one was surprised. Everyone expected it. A string of dismal performances and a number of public spats with a number of key playing staff were eventually responsible for his downfall but he didn't really stand a chance. No-one who has sat in that dug-out has, not since the "Special One" departed.
Left with his team, and as AVB indicated this week, his shadow lurking, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti have all failed to live up to Jose Mourinho. Even if Ancelotti achieved something the Portuguese didn't. The double.
Villas-Boas had a myriad of hurdles thrust in front of him; Fernando Torres, an ageing, under-performing squad, the impending doom of financial fair play, an instruction to play more attractive football, a trigger happy owner, huge expectation and his own limited experience.
It was almost an impossible job. But let's be honest, he didn't help himself either.
The 34-year-old should have had a clearer plan of who to buy in the summer, he appointed the wrong assistant and he should have built a better rapport with those in the dressing room, in the stands and in the media.
The summer of dawdling, when he insisted he must assess the squad before buying new players, meant he missed out on shipping out one or two big personalities and wasted time in bringing in others. He wasn't decisive or ruthless enough.
When Mourinho arrived, he produced a Powerpoint presentation detailing the holes in Claudio Ranieri's squad, how to fill them and then did it.
An experienced or popular assistant in the mould of Gianfranco Zola (someone who possesses the warmth AVB certainly lacked) should have been appointed. Roberto Di Matteo is too similar to the Portuguese and has designs on being much more than an assistant.
Arrogant may be too strong a description, but Villas-Boas struggled to build relationships and appeared offish and unapproachable. The fans didn't take to him, and it was clear the dressing room - an imposing, difficult, ego-filled place (this isn't exclusive to Chelsea) - didn't either.
Some sections of the press, the media and the supporters were surprised he hung on as long as he did, others have been axed for less. However, it was clear that those who run Chelsea had, in some corner of the boardroom, developed a desire to buck the trend of expensive hire quick fire.
But, and with Premier League clubs there's always a but. Chelsea are at a crossroads. They are fifth, in danger of not reaching the cash cow that is next year’s Champions League, and they look likely to slip out of this year’s competition. The FA Cup looks the only route to glory and they have a tricky replay against Birmingham to negotiate on Tuesday.
Roman needed to gamble. Again.
He wanted Rafa Benitez to take charge until the end of the season, but was put off by the Spaniard's desire for more than a part-time role. He considered Zola but was worried about his strength of character. There was a tentative tickling of Quique Flores, but it didn't work out.
So Di Matteo, never content with the role of second fiddle, has been given the opportunity to revive the club for whom he won two FA Cups with pivotal goals.
He won't have it any easier than his predecessor, and he is unlikely to fare much better. The resources are the same, the [lack of] experience is similar, even if the CV isn't. Oh, and the shadow still lurks.
The bigger question, and the focus now, is what happens next?
Abramovich has transformed Chelsea. No-one can argue he finished what Ken Bates started. However, after a 1-1 draw with Rosenburg in September 2007, the Russian oligarch made the biggest mistake of his tenure as Chelsea owner.
He needs to put it right and as luck would have it, he can.
Abramovich has tried to make amends. The birthday gift of a new Ferrari for Mourinho suggests the relationship is better than some think. They still talk. But what Chelsea need now is a rekindling of the magic that won them back to back league titles.
Chelsea need Mourinho. They should give him full control and let him build a legacy. The Portuguese has always wanted to lay down roots and, as his time in Spain comes to an end with yet another trophy almost secured, Abramovich needs to do whatever it takes to bring him out of the shadows, and back into the Stamford Bridge limelight.