With Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle’s sacking this week and the club lying in an ominous 18th place in the Championship following relegation.
Coyle received his marching orders on Tuesday after his side suffered their sixth defeat of the season at the weekend, going down 2-1 to Millwall. The man who was brought in on the basis of his attractive style of football at Burnley in 2010 has failed to deliver, yet even during his relegation campaign last year there were few calls for him to go.
Yet just 10 games into the new season and the Bolton board have had enough, finally succumbing to their fears and axing the manager before a rut sets in.
So, who should Bolton bring in to gee up this deflated side? The front-runner is that ever-present Mick McCarthy, who shocked the football betting world by hurling Wolves into the Premier League three years ago and was credited for his splendid style of football when in the Championship.
Alongside McCarthy is Alan Curbishley, the wily old fox who seems to have made a brief media appearance each week his new profession. Yet Curbs has been out of management for five years and is unlikely to take a job so far up north.
There’s one more name in the pipeline that will make Bolton fans shake with fear: Gary Megson. The 53-year-old oversaw a dismally boring period of Premier League football at the Reebok between 2007 and 2009 and was partly booed on his debut game in front of home support.
Megson would be the worst move the Bolton board could contrive but in McCarthy – with his battling attitude and tactical nous – the north west side have a decent chance of making something of their poor predicament and pushing for a playoff place come April.