Leicester have parted company with head coach Marcelo Loffreda - and raised the possibility of South Africa's World Cup-winning supremo Jake White replacing him at Welford Road.
Loffreda, despite leading the Tigers to two finals this season, has gone just six months into what was thought to be a two-and-a-half year contract.
Leicester directors must now decide whether to pursue another overseas appointment, or keep their coaching structure in-house.
An internal reshuffle is possible, given that former England internationals Richard Cockerill and Neil Back were part of Loffreda's support staff, while another Leicester and England favourite Austin Healey has repeatedly been linked with a backs coaching job.
Loffreda though, who masterminded Argentina's third place in last autumn's World Cup – the Pumas beat France twice and Ireland – has paid the price for falling short of Tigers' immense standards.
He took the club to the Guinness Premiership and EDF Energy Cup finals at Twickenham – Leicester lost both to Wasps and the Ospreys respectively – and speculation has been rife about his future for weeks.
Announcing Loffreda's exit, Leicester chairman Peter Tom said: “The board of Leicester Tigers has come to this decision after conducting its review of the playing season and in assessing what we believe is required to achieve the club’s aspirations for the future.
“Marcelo arrived at Leicester Tigers in 2007 after leading Argentina to third place in the Rugby World Cup, and our decision has been taken with a degree of sadness.
“But we have taken this course of action in the best interests of the club, and we felt that this had to be done now to allow everyone to prepare fully to meet the challenges of the new season.
“On behalf of the club, the board would like to wish Marcelo and his family well for the future.
“No decision has been made on a new appointment, but we expect to have a new rugby structure in place ready for the players’ return to pre-season training.”
Several of Leicester's first team squad are currently overseas, either with England in New Zealand or England Saxons at the Barclays Churchill Cup in North America.
But while his departure is unlikely to come as a shock, those players will inevitably feel a sense of guilt that his reign in the east midlands proved so short-lived.