Jose Mourinho reluctantly accepted the return of Gareth Bale in the transfer window in a move backed by Daniel Levy.
It was just one facet of a declining relationship between the owner and manager at Tottenham.
The Portuguese coach was sacked on Monday morning after 17 months in charge following a shoddy return of form.
Spurs are seventh in the Premier League and are still just five points off a top-four spot - though what that means in recent news remains to be seen.
Tottenham are one of six English clubs looking to join a European Super League, including the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
Just hours after this announcement came the decision to sack Mourinho, though it is not related to that news.
Instead, Spurs chief Levy made up his mind to dismiss the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager after a 2-2 draw against Everton.
Fractures within the squad had emerged, not least with Bale - who arrived on loan from Real Madrid last summer.
According to the Telegraph, the 31-year-old was brought back against Mourinho's wishes and the deal was the brainchild of Levy's.
The 58-year-old reluctantly accepted the Wales international into his squad but it has not worked out for him since his return.
It has been a tough season for the Cardiff-born star, who has made just 14 appearances in the Premier League.
Both manager and player hit a crossroads after the north London derby, which has seen Bale dropped since.
That was the final straw after the Madrid loanee had scored five in six matches, yet did not manage to complete 60 minutes before being subbed off and has not been seen since.
Mourinho had frozen out a number of players during his Tottenham tenure, including Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Dele Alli.
But it was his treatment of Bale that was the most damaging, contributing to Levy's decision to wield the axe.
Ryan Mason and Chris Powell have taken over until the end of the season and the Spurs chief is hoping that the honeymoon period can guide them to a first trophy in 13 years this weekend.
Tottenham take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final and the aim until the end of the season is to build momentum for an incoming manager to take off from next season.
There are already some frontrunners for the job including Brendan Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann.