David Moyes's departure was confirmed by the club on Wednesday, but as we revealed earlier in the week - they were already looking at his successor.
David Moyes has parted ways with West Ham United after a six-month spell which saw the manager guide the Irons to Premier League safety.
Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also departed with immediate effect.
West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan - a target for plenty of that ire - thanked Moyes for keeping the team in the top flight and promised a "high-calibre" figure as his replacement.
Who knows? I've enjoyed David Moyes, I've enjoyed his company, I've enjoyed working with him. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a hard situation.
Moyes said: "I could have joined a Premier League club during the season here, when I was West Ham manager".
However, despite keeping West Ham safe, Sullivan said Moyes was only regarded as a short-term fix. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.
The announcement on Moyes came barely 12 hours after David Gold, West Ham's co-owner, said he hoped Moyes would remain in charge for next season.
And so the search for a new boss has begun with Paulo Fonsecu, Rafa Benitez and Manuel Pellegrini the apparent front runners.