The reverberations are still being felt today after Leicester City axed Claudio Ranieri on Thursday evening, just nine months after winning the Premier League title.
Sympathy wasn’t hard to come by in the aftermath, with several of Ranieri’s contemporaries voicing their shock at the supposedly callous nature of his sacking.
One of those was Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who took to Instagram to pen a sweet little message of commiseration to the outgoing Foxes boss.
I am still special. I have my career, he has his career. Ask him if he would change his career with mine. I wouldn’t change mine with his.
He is almost 70 years old. He has won a super cup and another small trophy and is too old to change his mentality.
Oh no, apologies. Our mistake. That’s actually what Mourinho had to say about his dear friend Claudio shortly before United played Leicester in the Community Shield seven short months ago.
Here’s the actual message we were after…
Jose Mourinho wearing initials CR on his #MUFC shirt in his press briefing as salute to Claudio Ranieri
— Steve Bates (@sbates_people) February 24, 2017
Aww. How sweet.