At the beginning of June 2018, Julen Lopetegui had the world at his feet.
He was the Spain national boss about to embark on a World Cup campaign he will have had designs on winning having never lost a match in nearly two years in charge of the Red Fury.
Behind the scenes, the former Porto boss was in discussions about becoming the next Real Madrid manager after the World Cup.
Lopetegui was cock-a-hoop and in a position of power.
However, things started to unravel quickly.
Just days before Spain was due to kick off their World Cup campaign against Portugal, Real Madrid confirmed they had done a deal for Julen to become the next Real Manager after the World Cup.
There was one major problem, no one had bothered to tell the Spanish football authorities this (or at least until 5 mins before the official Real Madrid announcement was made) and the decision was made to sack Lopetegui literally less than 48 hours until the big kick-off in Russia.
With an enforced summer off, no doubt Lopetegui was not feeling too down with the Real job in the bag but then it was time to get back to work in arguably the most high-profile seat in world club football.
It just did not work.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo was a blow that Lopetegui probably had little to do with and he could not be replaced.
Much more is expected of Asensio but perhaps that is a little harsh as how can anyone live up to the stunning feats of Cristiano Ronaldo.
After ten games this season, Real Madrid find themselves ninth in the league on 14 points and in the midst of their worst ever start since 2001/02.
Winless in their last five league games, at the weekend the ultimate humiliation occurred.
A 5-1 drubbing at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona and that was that.
Lopetegui was sacked.
In just five months, Julen Lopetegui has gone from being at the top of his game and coveted by the biggest clubs in Europe to cutting a forlorn figure as he collects his P45 for the second time in a matter of months.
Perhaps the Real hot-seat was just too big a step for a man who has no major silverware as a manager on his CV or perhaps he was just destined to fail following the golden success of Zinedine Zidane.
Who knows, but one can only hope that Julen Lopetegui has not completely destroyed his career in one of the fastest downfalls seen in football.
(Feature image credit: AP)