Everyone knew it was coming and just after 8.30pm on Monday it was finally confirmed that Louis van Gaal had been sacked as Manchester United boss.
His exit comes just two days after winning the FA Cup final and amid a tide of reports that Jose Mourinho had already been lined up to take over.
Van Gaal might not have completely endeared himself during his two-year stay at Old Trafford - United did become a bit dull - but given the circumstances of his exit plenty of people had sympathy for the Dutchman on Twitter.
Thank you Louis Van Gaal for your hard work and for the FA cup ??
-- Samuel David Carter (@samarchitects) May 23, 2016
Thanks for the memories Van Gaal mate
-- Andrew (@FutbolAndrew) May 23, 2016
Van Gaal is actually the biggest man in football. Disgusted at how fans and the media treated him. Will miss him.
-- . (@FutboIAdam) May 23, 2016
Lovely statement from Van Gaal. Don't dislike him at all but just not the right man for the job. Onwards and upwards now with Mourinho.
-- United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) May 23, 2016
Van Gaal's goodbye message also drew praise as he thanked everyone for the chance to manage in England - and fulfil a life-long ambition - while he also describe United fans as the best in the world.
Dignified statement from Van Gaal (or whoever wrote it on his behalf). No mention of Giggs but that will come when Mourinho's confirmed.
-- Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) May 23, 2016
Like Van Gaal as a man but his football was just awful and he'd have been shooed out of any other big club months ago.
-- Karate Jesus (@KarateJesus44) May 23, 2016
Very classy statement from Louis van Gaal.
Says a lot about the man, whatever has happened on the pitch.
-- Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) May 23, 2016
Telling Van Gaal thanked two men who did not want Mourinho appointed. #mufc
-- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 23, 2016
After the news thoughts quickly turned to who his replacement is going to be.
#MUFC have confirmed Van Gaal's departure, adding: "A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon"
-- Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) May 23, 2016
There's no prizes for guessing who is expected to be announced.
Jorge Mendes to fly into Manchester tomorrow to finalise deal which will see Jose Mourinho become the new manager of Manchester Utd. #mufc
-- James Cooper (@SkyJamesCooper) May 23, 2016
With Pep Guardiola taking over the blue half of Manchester next season and Mourinho set to settle in on the other side of town, fans are already drooling over the prospect of two of the world's greatest managers going head to head.
I honestly can't wait for Mourinho's first press conference/statement as Manchester United manager.
-- JC (@JustCantona) May 23, 2016
The Manchester derby is going to be lit these next few seasons. Mourinho and Zlatan vs Pep Guardiola. Can't fricken wait.
-- Ilir (@iliriandisha) May 23, 2016
Pep Guardiola is far from a fraud, and like Mourinho, people calling him that are frightened of what he could achieve in Manchester.
-- Jordan (@FourFourJordan) May 23, 2016
Mourinho is a big big big name in World Football. Always will be. Always second best to Pep too.
-- #14 (@antparkinson17) May 23, 2016
Can't wait for next season. Pep and mourinho will be excellent entertainment, whatever happens
-- thesmashking (@TheSmashKing) May 23, 2016