For many, it felt as though the dust had yet to settle from La Decima celebrations when Florentino Perez stood before the world to announce a premature curtain call to Carlo Ancelotti's era. The ‘universal' adulation of the players, fans, and press an insignificant speckle in the president's periphery. The mission at the club - upon which its core management philosophy is unilaterally founded - is simple: build a team that can win trophies. The advocacy of patience means nothing as a season without silverware probably feels like an eternity for those in the control room. The objectives at the beginning of each year are not a secret, Real Madrid wants to solidify its legacy through tangible competitive success which is the most important driver of operational continuity financially and footballing wise. Delving deeper into the underlying factors, the methods and processes feeding into the playing performances of the team are useful indicators of achievement and team condition especially in relation to expected standards.
The decision of the board more than anything displays Los Merengues' level of ambition. The club competes against domestic and continental heavyweights in a landscape where the slightest edge can prove decisive. The dynamics involved in the governance of an enterprise seeking to consistently excel in such an aggressive unforgiving environment are complicated. The idea, the vision, becomes the ultimate priority - the guiding principle which provides direction for every action the club takes. The purpose of the institution, the very reason for its existence, is unquestionably to be the best team in European football. The best team in historic terms. The best team in football terms. And above all, perhaps most importantly, the best team in empirical terms. Real Madrid is living evidence of the power that success on the field brings. It is a basic, but somewhat understated, truth of any sporting entity: silverware breeds prestige which breeds financial strength which breeds silverware. There is very little to it beyond that.
Personal biases will shape perceptions of what the club means and what it stands for but at the end of the day, Real Madrid's $3.44 billion dollar empire is based on its players scoring more goals than other clubs' players.
Ancelotti's dismissal falls in line with this spirit. Contrary to the strong negative reaction branding the Italian's departure a catastrophic misstep, it wasn't illogical for Real Madrid to sever ties with their beloved coach. Football at its highest level isn't a game that can be figured out. There isn't a formula that can be used which is guaranteed to work. Of the elements over which control can be exercised however, the differences between duelling options are absolutely marginal.
For executives, failing to optimize the resources of the club directly benefits their opposition whose lives will be made easier by facing an inferior Real Madrid. Engaging in a serious attempt to codify and quantify the qualities in a managerial context that are beneficial would show why letting Ancelotti go makes sense. Not why it's right. Why it makes sense. Ascertaining whether the decision is right is contingent on performing an objective assessment of the work of the manager relative to outlined targets.
Where scenarios as they happened throughout the season presented at its onset during goal setting and had Ancelotti expressed to the club that he wouldn't be able to secure a trophy in those circumstances, there are good chances management would have sought the services of a manager who could provide that assurance. The appointment of Rafael Benítez as his successor is the outcome of an internal process geared towards giving the team the best chance of success.