If Everton had appointed Sam Allardyce in the immediate aftermath of sacking Ronald Koeman, their supporters may perhaps have seen the logic behind the decision.
The day the Dutchman left Goodison Park, the Toffees were 18th in the Premier League, with just two wins to their name after the opening nine matches of the season.
But as Everton flirted with the idea of luring a long-term appointment out of a job, David Unsworth took caretaker charge for a full five weeks before Allardyce was appointed.
By the time the former England boss arrived in Merseyside, Everton had moved up to 13th; their relegation fears had subsided and there was no acute need for a firefighter to come in.
That meant the eventual appointment made no sense and Allardyce had Everton playing like a side fighting for their life.
Marco Silva has overhauled the playing style and dragged Everton away from the Allardyce’s brief era, but some remnants remain and they are dragging the Portuguese down.
Cenk Tosun was Allardyce’s big-money striking gamble to replace Romelu Lukaku, but after firing yet another blank last night against Newcastle, he does not look fit for purpose.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott was Big Sam’s other January punt and he is increasingly looking like the weak link in the Toffees attack.
Despite all Silva’s impressive work this season, Everton are still paying a heavy price for their inexplicable decision to appoint Allardyce.