Carlo Ancelotti sacking was confirmed by Real president Florentino Perez in a brief press conference shocking the football world and even those outside of it.
However, this is Real Madrid and anyone who knows the La Liga giants knows they have a history of bizarre managerial dismissals.
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Things got even worse with the Croatian at the helm. A 1-1 draw with 10-man Oviedo, a 0-1 home loss to Real Burgos and a 3-1 loss to Espanyol dropped Real to tenth by April 1991.
A run of 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the remaining 10 matches lifted Los Blancos to 3rd in the 1990/91 season.
The following season started much better for Madrid with Antic's decision to move the then 23-year-old Fernando Hierro from defence to midfield proving a masterstroke as he scored 21 La Liga goals.
With Los Merengues holding a seven-point gap over their nearest rivals after 19 games Antic was bizarrely sacked. The Croat would get the final laugh, however as Real suffered an almighty collapse and lost La Liga on the final day to Barcelona.
His sacking also facilitated a four year barren spell without league success.
Fun fact: Antic is the only person in history to have managed Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. He was the last manager to win the La Liga title for Atletico before Diego Simeone's success in 2014.
There was one problem however, Capello had ripped up one of the most graceful sides ever created starring the Dutch trio of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard and replaced it with one of the most meanest and miserly defences ever created starring Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Marcel Desailly, Mauro Tassotti and Alessandro Costacurta.
Capello and Real were never an easy fit and despite the Italian again proving his pedigree with a La Liga title at the end of the 1996-97 season, he was sacked for dour football.
That said an ultimate cup manager was exactly what Real needed. For a club that prides itself of being the single greatest club in world football, 32 years without a triumph in European football's biggest club prize - the Champions League - was not acceptable.
True to form Heynckes delivered the silverware Madrid desperately craved by defeating Juventus 1-0 in the final.
Of course as a cup specialist, Los Blancos' form dipped in the league and they finished fourth - outside the Champions League spots (only three places were awarded then).
Real were still allowed to compete in the following season's edition of the Champions League as holders at the expense of third placed Real Sociedad - but this was not enough to save Heynckes from the save, though you'd think the Madrid hierarchy would have more courtesy than sacking him EIGHT days after the final.
Fun fact: After winning the Champions League for the second time in 2013, this time with Bayern Munich, Heynckes retired from management.
That did not stop him from getting fired after 22 days due to disagreements with then club president Lorenzo Sanz.
Initially Del Bosque seemed out of his depth as he accelerated their loss of form. His first four results in La Liga included:
a 1-1 home draw with Real Sociedad;
a 1-0 away loss to Celta Vigo;
a 1-5 home loss to title chasing Real Zaragoza;
and a 1-1 draw away to Racing Santander;
which left them 17th after round 15 and facing an comprehensible relegation battle.
Nonetheless, Del Bosque turned their season around in miraculous fashion with just one loss in the next 18 fixtures, leading the club to a possible league and Champions League double.
Fixture congestion proved to be their undoing in the league as they finished fifth - albeit seven points behind champions Deportivo La Coruna - in what was one of the tightest La Liga seasons of all-time and one six teams could have won.
Facing the prospect of a season without Champions League football, Madrid thrashed Spanish rivals Valencia in the first ever all-nation final to qualify for the following season's edition at the expense of fourth placed Zaragoza.
That set the platform for Del Bosque to become the most successful Madrid manager since Miguel Munoz's 14 year stay between 1960-1974.
Together with then new president Florentino Perez, the galactico policy was forged and the club celebrated two La Liga and Champions League titles in successive years, as well as the Supercopa, Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
The widely popular manager allowed to leave ONE DAY after he won the league in 2003 as the club decided not to renew his contract.
Just like Antic a decade ago, this bizarre change in management facilitated many years without a trophy.
As such many believed Florentino Perez's decision to allow Vicente Del Bosque was the main cause and it effectively cost him his presidency.
With Ramon Calderon in charge of the club there was little opposition to appoint Capello - a manager who went against the ideology of Madrid but guaranteed trophies.
The Italian was able to secure a 30th La Liga title at the expense of Sevilla and Barcelona on the season's last day, however it came at a cost.
The football was typically pragmatic and star players like Ronaldo, David Beckham and Antonio Cassano were frozen out the club and allowed to leave it signalled an end to the galactico policy.
That was too much for the fans and board alike who sacked Capello 11 days after winning the league for the second time.
The Spaniard took over Madrid in 6th place in La Liga and were in real danger of falling out of the Champions League group stages.
The former Sevilla manager turned the club's fortunes around with 18 wins out 19 in the league to drag the club back into league contention. He also managed to progress into the last 16 of the Champions League.
However, morale shattering defeats against Barcelona (6-2) and Liverpool (5-0 on aggregate) knocked Los Blancos out of league and European contention. Ramos was sacked one day after the league season ended.
What makes this even more stranger is the fact Ramos achieved what he did in an aging team and was not given a chance to succeed under the 'new galacticos' project his successor Manuel Pellegrini.
Considering at that time Ramos had a better track record than Pellegrini, surely it was worth keeping him on?
He also managed Madrid to their highest ever points total in La Liga history with 96 (until Mourinho surpassed it with 100 two seasons later).
The downside was Barcelona also achieved their highest points tally with 99 that season and Los Merengues were again knocked out the Champions League at the last 16 stage by Lyon.
Predictably he was sacked 10 days after the season ended, though surely he deserved more time?