It was one of the worst kept secrets in the Premier League. But, after weeks of waiting, Steve McClaren has finally been sacked by Newcastle.
The former England boss had presided over a torrid time at the north-east club, taking them dangerously deep into the dropzone.
Players and pundits had all seen it coming, but that didn’t spare McClaren their scorn.
It was the powers that be at St James’ Park that attracted criticism from others, however, because of the prolonged manner of the dismissal.
Some felt that brighter times might lie ahead for the Magpies following the change in management.
But is Rafa Benitez, the man being lined up to step into the breach, the right man for the job?