Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United just days after his 1000th game as a manager and not long after the club was taken over in a £300m Saudi-backed deal.
From the moment the momentous takeover was completed, speculation was rife that the Toon boss would be removed from his post.
With his exit now confirmed, who will be brought in to lead Newcastle into their new era?
Well, a number of names have already been touted with the St. James’ Park hot seat in recent days.
Daily Star Sport has assessed where Newcastle’s hunt for their next manager stands as interim boss Graeme Jones prepares to take the team against Crystal Palace this weekend.
Ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca the latest name to be linked with a move to Tyneside.
Reports suggest the former Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk manager would be of significant interest to Newcastle.
The Portuguese could have easily been managing Premier League rivals Tottenham now instead, having come close to succeeding Mourinho in north London earlier this year too.
Lucien Favre has been installed as the bookies favourite in recent days, according to Betfair.
The Swiss coach, 63, is out of work after leaving Borussia Dortmund last year.
Favre was a whisker away from joining Crystal Palace over the summer before performing a U-turn at the 11th hour, paving the way for Patrick Vieira’s subsequent appointment.
Favre is very familiar with one Toon star in particular – Allan Saint Maximin.
However, the pair famously didn’t see eye-to-eye at Ligue 1 side Nice.
After leaving Inter Milan in the summer, Italian boss Antonio Conte is waiting for his next project.
Winning league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and the San Siro outfit, Conte could realistically walk into any job in world football.
As such, it is no surprise to see the 52-year-old linked with a move to Tyneside.
Conflicting reports from Italy and the UK state Conte is both interested and unwilling to take the Newcastle role – but he is currently second-favourite to take the job.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez looks set for a return to club football and also ranks high among potential replacements.
Premier League experience comes in the form of stints with Everton and Wigan Athletic, which puts the Spaniard in the frame.
Martinez was quizzed about potentially replacing Bruce after Belgium’s defeat to France on Thursday evening.
“Well as you can imagine that’s…you shouldn’t ask me about rumours after…after a game,” he responded.
Reports suggest Newcastle’s new owners have already tried to tempt Brendan Rodgers away from his safe position at Leicester City.
The ex-Liverpool boss could yet be tempted by a new challenge with all the riches the Magpies will possess, although has played down any suggestion he will leave the Foxes, even before they beat Manchester United 4-2 on Saturday.
Leicester are sure to fight tooth and nail to keep Rodgers at the King Power Stadium too.
This time last week when Newcastle were firmly in Mike Ashley’s grip, Eddie Howe was the overwhelming favourite to replace Steve Bruce.
The former Bournemouth man has slipped down the pecking order since the takeover was announced but is still an option for the new owners.
Howe has been out of work since leaving the Cherries in August 2020, and Daily Star Sport understands he has told pals he would be keen on the job.