Tuesday night proved to be a new low in the recent history of Real Madrid, as the club crashed out of the Champions League against Ajax, suffering a 4-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It was a tumultuous evening for Los Blancos, who saw themselves booed off both at half-time and full-time of the match and were eliminated at the first knockout stage despite taking an initial 2-1 lead in Amsterdam.
This season has been a significant fall from grace for Madrid, who have gone from being crowned kings of Europe for a third straight season and fourth time in five years to be being unable to get past a side who have a combined squad salary that is equal to Gareth Bale’s.
A managerial change is inevitable, with Santiago Solari - who came in midway through the campaign to replace Julen Lopetegui - now having no chance to continue his role past the end of this season. Solari has signed a contract until 2021, but it is now widely accepted that he will not be the man to take them forward into the 2019/20 campaign.
That leaves Madrid to search for what will be their fourth manager in just over 12 months, with Zinedine Zidane being linked with a sensational return shortly after leaving. Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have also seen their names linked to the post, but there is one man who Madrid fans seem to have their hearts set on - Jose Mourinho.
It's a surprise to say the least given what a divisive character he was during his time in Madrid and the fact his spell at Manchester United came to such a combative end. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now working wonders with a squad which Mourinho so often insisted wasn’t good enough.
With Madrid now touted as a serious contender for his next club, is a return to the Bernabeu really the best move for his career?