In all the excitement of a big event, it's easy to overlook certain key details.
As you run around looking for your passport and double checking your plane tickets before leaving to go on holiday, it's easy to to leave your toothbrush, phone charger and Macaulay Culkin at home.
In the rush to get the turkey in the oven and presents opened on Christmas Day, you might neglect to go and pick up grandma from the home.
Or, in your wild scramble to recruit a new manager for your club, how easily can you forget to sack your current one first?
Fortunately for Real Madrid, the world's media happened to be assembled on the outskirts of the Spanish capital on Wednesday to ask Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres about their club futures, plus a couple of quickies about that upcoming World Cup thingy.
That was when the penny dropped for Real that they needed to get rid of Manuel Pellegrini before they could employ Jose Mourinho as his replacement, so a board meeting and subsequent press conference was hastily arranged to show they were putting their house in order.
Poor old Pellegrini had been waiting to get the chop for what must have felt like an age. Every day since the season ended he has had to sit at home with the phone off the hook, watching Esta Mañana and Cash en el Attic - anything to avoid the constant media talk about when he would be replaced.
You certainly couldn't describe it as the worst kept secret in football, because Pellegrini's sacking and Mourinho's prospective appointment were never secrets to begin with. The Chilean coach had not so much been sat under the sword of Damocles on the Bernabeu bench as the Flaming Anvil of Perez.
The Chilean's card had been marked ever since Real lost to suburban part-timers Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey back in October, and he might as well have resigned after his side were eliminated from the Champions League in the first knockout round AGAIN.
As the season drew to a close, it became clear that even winning La Liga would not have been enough to save his job. Just ask Fabio Capello, who won it during both of his single-season spells at the club but still got the boot both times.
Real finished the season in second place with a club record 96 points, but Pellegrini paid the price for not being able to turn Ronaldo, Kaka et al from a fantasy team into a fully functioning one. But now club president Florentino Perez is free add the world's first 'galactico' manager to his historically expensive squad.
Mourinho is truly a household name, one of the only managers not to have carried their fame over from their playing days, and Real will certainly be paying Hollywood money to get him. It will cost £13.5 million to trigger the get-out clause in Mourinho's contract with Internazionale, and it has been estimated that his deal at Real could be worth as much as £50m.
Inter are in a strong position to get as much as they can from Real now that the Spanish club have announced they will sign him, and they will want all the money they can get in order to replace him. If reports that their top target is England boss Fabio Capello are to be believed, then they will need to fund his £6m-a-year salary somehow.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have to say a big thank you for the crowd for being the way they were. Maybe it was because it was the last home friendly at Wembley before the World Cup, I don't know. I didn't speak to them all individually but there was a party atmosphere and they wanted to send the players off to South Africa and I thought they were fantastic." Jamie Carragher regrets not being able to thank all 88,638 England fans at Wembley on Monday for their reception. Those pampered football stars; they just can't be bothered to acknowledge the fans these days.
FOREIGN VIEW: "If we win the Cup then I will run naked to the Obelisk in Buenos Aires." At least Diego Maradona will have his own gut protecting his modesty should Argentina return victorious from South Africa.
COMING UP: You can follow the latest stage of the Giro d'Italia and day five of the French Open, including the conclusion of Andy Murray v Juan Ignacio Chela. You can also watch both events live on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) & on the Eurosport Player.
Then later we'll have live scoring of three more World Cup warm-up matches later today - Belarus v Honduras (17:30), Denmark v Senegal (19:15) and South Africa v Colombia (19:35).