Jose Mourinho's nightmare at Chelsea finally came to an end yesterday after he was sacked following a disastrous defence to their league campaign.
Their League Cup defence came to an end at the Britannia Stadium where they were knocked out by Stoke City but one bright light in their season was that they made it through the Champions League knock-out stages, and have been drawn to face Paris Saint Germain for the third consecutive season.
As the media spotlight moves on to who will take over at Stamford Bridge between now and the end of the season, and on a more permanent basis from the start of next season, Mourinho will also be plotting his return to management.
After managing Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Porto as well as Chelsea, there are few parts of the world where the Portuguese coach hasn't tasted success - though France could be a real possibility.
Take Chelsea's opponents Paris Saint Germain as an example - a club that has seen heavy investment since they were taken over by Qatar Investment Authority.
Their dominance on the domestic front is something that can't be disputed under their current manager Laurent Blanc. He has won back to back Ligue 1 titles and his side are currently 17 points clear at the top of the table and have yet to taste defeat after 18 games. As it stands, it appears their players could be smoking cigars while playing for the rest of the season and still lift the title.
But Europe is the main challenge for Blanc to succeed, and after so much investment there is bound to be so much expectation that he will deliver on that front in the near future.
He got the better of Chelsea last season but didn't get beyond the quarter-final - going out to eventual winners Barcelona - and the previous season was denied a place in the last four thanks to a last gasp Demba Ba strike.
But failing to show signs of progression in Europe once again could lead to Blanc coming under increasing pressure - maybe even losing his job. If Chelsea put him out at an earlier stage that could lead to a little bit of unrest at the top of the club.
Now there is a manager waiting in the wings who has won the European Cup at two different clubs, reached the semi-finals of the competition five times across two others - it's hard to think that a man with such pedigree will not be tempting for PSG, even if he is seen by many as having a short shelf life.