Carlo Ancelotti's confirmation as Real Madrid's new coach on Tuesday has ended Blancos president Florentino Perez's long search for a successor to the departing Jose Mourinho, while marking the start of the Italian's huge challenge in replacing the "Special One."
Perez had originally expected a smooth transition with Ancelotti being presented in early June, but what at first appeared a simple process dragged on for over a month. With former club Paris Saint-Germain playing hardball, and then running into its own problems in attracting a suitable new boss itself, everyone at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was stuck in limbo with important transfer business and pre-season preparation on hold.
The wait ended on Tuesday, when Real Madrid announced that the former AC Milan , Juventus and Chelsea manager was arriving on a three year contract. Perez had been determined to get his first choice for the job, and stuck with his decision even as the Paris Saint-Germain saga dragged on.