Zinedine Zidane on Thursday left Real Madrid a second time in his managerial career, a day after Antonio Conte agreed to leave now Serie A Champions Inter Milan.
Earlier this month, Zidane, who had a year left on his contract, denied reports that he had informed his squad he would leave at the end of the season.
His future was a constant topic of discussion in the Spanish press all season, contributing to several spiky exchanges, with the former France forward saying he and his players deserved more respect.
Real failed to win a trophy this season and were pipped to the La Liga title by city rivals Atletico Madrid on a dramatic final day on Saturday.
Not since the 2009-10 campaign have Real failed to win a trophy. They suffered an early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of third division side Alcoyano and lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.
His Italian counterpart Antonio Conte however did win the Serie A title for Intermilan to cut short the Juventus domination, a title they last won in 2010 when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
On Wednesday, the Italian great left the Nerrazuri on mutual agreement, something that has left all and sundry with questions regarding the management of the club after it emerged that the Chinese owners were bankrupt.
Zidane on the other hand is the only manager to win the Champions League three times, and his trophy haul at Losblancos included another La Liga title, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two Spanish Super Cups.
The world of football will be ashamed to witness another season without the two tacticians in charge, if at all next season they won’t get a club to manage.
During their hey days, the two played together at Juventus.