In what might be seen as the end of several chapters in football history today, Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, was sacked, and will join the dole queue tomorrow.
United, although not having a great season, are in 6th place in the Premier League, and still competing in Europe; the FA Cup beckons, and the fans can't complain at the competitive nature of the matches the Reds are involved in.
Hardly the time to sack your coach, then?
Unless you're one of the 'new breed' of fans who think it's a disaster when the team hasn't won for three or four matches. But that's what we seem to have here, as United, starved of 'real' success since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, have only won the League Cup and Europe League under Mourinho, and that, as most 'new breed' football fans would admit, is unforgivable. If you're one of the 'new breed', that is.
Traditional football fans, however, might look upon Mourinho's sacking as 'odd' at best. The fact he was given a contract at Old Trafford, at all, was odd, but this is odder. Why does a team 6th in the PL, eyeing-up a game with Bayern München in Europe, not yet started with the FA Cup, playing in exciting games, in which any result is possible and they're never sure whether they're going to win, lose or draw, sack its manager?
Today, if it hadn't already, football finally went mad.