Marco Silva received his marching orders from Everton on Friday morning in the least surprising sacking of the season to date as his expensively-assembled side languished in 18th place in the Premier League.
He became the four manager sacked in just 16 days, and there still could be more to follow before the festive fixtures are done.
We took a look at all four of those teams with their current managers and their prospects for the rest of the season now they’ve decided to pull the trigger.
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Current manager: Freddie Ljungberg (interim)
Current position: 10th
Arsenal must be one of the only teams in Premier League history who are immune to the new manager bounce (along with Watford, but more on them later).
Freddie Ljungberg, despite facing Norwich and Brighton, two very winnable games, only has one point to his name and has not has the effect that the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had when he was brought in as a club legend, aimed at uniting the fans behind the team.
With a London derby away at an unpredictable West Ham before Manchester City and a trip to Everton (who will be hoping for a new-manager bounce themselves) makes for a tricky December, with Chelsea and Manchester United either side of New Year.
There is a very realistic chance the Gunners, currently sitting in 10th, will only pick up another point or two before the year is out – and that really will spell a crisis.
Solskjaer was given an extended period as caretaker given the 10 wins he claimed but Arsenal will be desperate to find the right man immediately, although no candidates are forthcoming.
Brendan Rodgers is the favourite, but is reluctant to leave Leicester midway through another remarkable season and might be an option for the summer.
Massimiliano Allegri is available and learning English in an attempt to get a Premier League job, but it thought to be holding out for Manchester United. He has also been interview for the Gunners job before and failed to impress, leading to Unai Emery being hired in the first place.
The third option is Mauricio Pochettino, but given the type of man he is, it would be almost unthinkable for him to jump ship across north London to Spurs’ biggest rivals.
Whoever they go for, they need to move quickly before the season is completely lost. As it stands, a bottom-half finish is a real possibility.
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Current manager: Jose Mourinho
Current position: 8th
Now, Tottenham did get that new manager bounce, winning all of their first three games before coming unstuck at Manchester United, and given the emotion there for Jose Mourinho, it is hardly a disaster.
The problem for Spurs is that Mourinho has yet to have an effect on the defence, which is usually the first thing he rectifies at a club, or at least tries to. But that will surely come with time, especially because he is working with players in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen that he has actually tried to sign before.
He has reinvigorated Dele Alli and Harry Kane will always score goals so he has the players he needs, it’s just a matter of impressing on them his own style and motivations.
Three consecutive wins and a loss in four games is an improvement and other than facing his old club Chelsea, there are plenty of winnable matches to act as momentum builders.
Spurs should find themselves comfortably within the top six and should even challenge for a top four spot with Mourinho at the helm.
Current manager: Duncan Ferguson (interim)
Current position: 18th
Marco Silva’s sacking has seemed an inevitability since September. It should probably have come sooner and likely would have if not for the sympathy shown to him by the board given how hard he works and the long injury list he has acquired.
But it just wasn’t working and they will be expecting Duncan Ferguson to fire a rocket up the team against Chelsea on the weekend before a new manager comes in.
The problem for the Toffees now is the position they see themselves in, in comparison to where the rest of the football world sees them.
They see themselves as a team ready to upset the ‘Big Six’ given the huge investment into the team and will have big-name managers on their wishlist.
However, the reality is that they are in a relegation dog fight right now and the likes of David Moyes may be the best they can hope for right now, even if he hasn’t done well in a job since he was last at Goodison Park.
Whoever comes in should bring in enough to keep them safe and given how close the league is, a top-10 finish isn’t off the cards. If they get the wrong man however and he fails in the same way Silva did, then it could be catastrophic for the club.
Current manager: Hayden Mullins (interim)
Current position: 20th
Watford are on the search for their third manager of the season already, and it’s not even 2020 yet. This time, they will be looking for a manager who is proven at Championship level because, barring any miracle, that is where they will be next season.
The problem stems from a poor transfer window followed by two reckless decisions: the quick firing of Javi Gracia, followed by the rushed re-hiring of a manager the club had already sacked two years before in Quique Sanchez Flores.
Sam Allardyce is the obvious candidate if they wanted to make one final push to stay in the league, with the Englishman having never been relegated before, otherwise the other names on the list will likely be starting from scratch at the end of the season.
Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson have all got experience of getting teams promoted to the Premier League while former Real Betis coach Quique Setien is another contender, although he could end up being another appointment in the ilk of Gracia and Flores.
As it stands, it is tough to see anyone lifting Watford out of the relegation zone, let alone from the foot of the table.