A scan down the next Crystal Palace manager betting is unlikely to elicit much excitement from even the most Prozac-positive of Eagles fans.
These are the kind of partisans hardened by years in Peter Taylor purgatory after all.
Ok, so there’s the solace of dodging a gaffer who would have made Alf Garnett blush with his tactlessness.
Yet that just opens the door for Tim Sherwood to reassert himself as 4/5 favourite to take over.
Steve Parish, co-chairman of the club, had previously suggested that Premier League experience was a prerequisite for a manager taking over in SE29.
Bizzarely, he then came within a hair’s breadth of bringing in a boss with just 18 games of top-flight management under his belt.
According to Parish’s oddly one-size-fits-all rubric Sherwood is clearly regarded as also possessing enough ‘experience’ despite his Premier League managerial tenure barely outlasting the Scot’s.
Further down the market, Martin Jol and Steve Clarke, 5/1 and 6/1 respectively, are far more experienced in the ins and outs of gaffering at the highest level.
However, neither exactly ride the crest of a wave, with Jol powerless to affect positive change in a sticky situation at Fulham and Clarke finding it beyond his ken to sustain what he had built on his predecessors’ foundations at West Brom.
Given such an uninspiring list of candidates, the Eagles could do far worse than hire Keith Millen, a 12/1 shot who is shortening all the time, on the kind of basis Sherwood was given the reins at White Hart Lane last term.
A former Eagles’ trainee, the Croydon-born caretaker was credited with restoring spirit to a demoralised dressing room in the wake Ian Holloway’s departure.
During his four-game spell at the controls he led his charges to a point against Everton and an away victory at Hull City, so is clearly a far from remedial tactician.
Kept on by Pulis as a nod to his dressing room influence, Millen has had the lion’s share of a season to absorb the methodology that applied the defibrillator to a seemingly doomed side in 2013/14.
Fair enough a modest 31.58 per cent win rate in his only previous permanent managerial roll at Bristol City hardly inspires confidence in him as a long-term proposition.
Yet, given ten Premier League managers lost their jobs last season he can be trusted to keep the side ticking over.
With the glare of the spotlight off the club, Parish and his fellow CPFC 2010 consortium members would then be free to conduct more unhurried research into finding a manager who can take the club forward.