It is no surprise that Slavisa Jokanovic’s job is on the line after Fulham’s shambolic start to the season and run of six straight recent defeats.
His supporters will point to his body of good work over a number of seasons at the club and the fact that the club’s summer activity served to negate many of the positive consequences of that long-term work.
Tony Khan was unable to resist the lure of spending over £100m which completely overhauled his squad and seemingly disintegrated the flowing playing style that got the club promoted.
And the new odds-on favourite to be Fulham’s new manager – Alan Pardew – would only make matters worse at Craven Cottage.
Pardew’s reputation is built on being an experienced Premier League campaigner who nominally offers slightly more entertainment value than fellow firefighters such as Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.
But he demonstrated total incompetence at West Brom last season. He took a club who were not even in the drop zone when he took over to an abject relegation; a previously well-run club reduced to a shapeless rabble, disgracing the club off the pitch as well with the ill-imagined mid-season trip to Barcelona.
Those are not the credentials Fulham need to drag themselves out of trouble; they would be nailed on to go down if Pardew is appointed.
Second-favourite Claudio Ranieri would be a far superior option, with a Premier League title as opposed to a top flight relegation the most recent posting on his CV.