Tottenham Hotspur and Franco Baldini have parted ways by mutual consent following a two-year spell that saw more shadow than light – with the club finishing sixth and fifth in the previous two campaigns, reaching the final of the Capital One Cup last season.
Mauricio Pochettino's appointment and the signing of Christian Eriksen were two of Baldini's key right decisions, but the overhaul that followed the departure of Gareth Bale in the Italian's first summer in charge condemned him to a scrutiny that was impossible to overcome.
Having arrived at the club in June 2013 from AS Roma, Baldini saw overhauls in the past three summer transfer windows while, according to Daily Mail, spending a total of £183.65m ($278.8) on the acquisition of 19 players.
IBTimes UK analyses his two biggest successes signings and the two biggest failures.
Roberto Soldado (£26m)
From the seven players purchased with the near £100m gained from the sale of Bale, just Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela remain at the club, with only the Dane making the expected impact. Even considering that, no player failed as much as Soldado – both for his performances and the price paid to lure him to White Hart Lane.
Spurs didn't hesitate to pay Soldado's £26m release clause at Valencia, making him the club's record signing following his 24 goals in one La Liga season. And although the Spaniard worked hard and saw the support of fans, his diminutive stature was not enough to face up to Premier League centre-backs.
Following 16 goals in 75 appearances, Pochettino finally gave up on him this summer, selling him to Villarreal for a significant loss.
While some would name Lamela the key midfield failure of Baldini's reign, he has at least shown glimpses of his talent and the recent performance against Manchester City suggests he is now finally settling in England. Paulinho, however, showed little during his time at Spurs, especially for a Brazil international who was once tracked by Real Madrid.
He left to join China's Guangzhou Evergrande during the summer, with Spurs losing £7m in just two seasons on a player who was shown up by youngsters such as Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.
Christian Eriksen (£11.5m)
The £11.5m paid to Ajax for the Danish international's services has proven to be a real bargain. He has arguably been the best player for Tottenham over the past two years, scoring 22 goals and making 20 assists in 89 appearances. Still only 23, the best is surely yet to come for Eriksen.
Eric Dier (£4m)
The 21-year-old looked to be a good squad player during his debut season at the club, but now seems ready to become a vital player for Pochettino – and maybe also Roy Hodgson.
Having featured as a right-back and in the heart of defence last year, this term he is excelling in a holding role. Considering the sums Premier League sides are willing to pay for young English talents – John Stones, Calum Chambers, Raheem Sterling – £4m for a future England international is a real snip.
New summer signings Dele Alli and Son-Heung Min also look promising, but it is unknown if they were signed by Baldini or Pochettino and Paul Mitchell, who was appointed as the club's head of recruitment last November.