Such was the delay before the first Premier League manager of the season lost his job, a few hopeful punters were beginning to wonder whether 2014/15 would be the year of interminable appointments.
However, Crystal Palace brought the curtain down on that particular fantasy when sacking Neil Warnock following the Eagles’ 3-1 Boxing Day reverse at the hands of Southampton.
West Brom’s Alan Irvine followed three days later after the Baggies were bested 2-0 at Stoke and it looks like Newcastle will be requiring a new boss soon too, with Alan Pardew on the cusp of filling the vacancy at Selhurst Park.
So, with sacking season declared officially open, is it possible that the axe will sever the head of another boss should a bad result befoul them on New Year’s Day?
Based on Everton’s recent form, it seems so.
The Toffees have lost six of their last eight across all competitions and sit 12th ahead of their trip to Hull next.
A price of 13/10 says they’ll trouser some much-craved points at the KC Stadium, but 2/1-rated Hull are equally desperate for the full allocation and, if they get them, the position Blues supremo Roberto Martinez occupies will surely come into question.
His possession obsession has began to irk supporters in recent weeks, with a commitment to keeping the ball at all costs sparking terrace unrest even in the Merseysiders’ 3-1 win over QPR earlier this month.
Similarly, such a lowly league berth after last season’s promise must rankle as a major disappointment for all associated with the club, especially with this summer seeing the club break their transfer record to sign Belgian behemoth Romelu Lukaku.
His arrival has done little to increase Everton’s firepower; with no goals in four of their last six, some would argue they’re actually worse off up top now.
Should Hull snare the spoils when the two sides collide on January 1st, the Toffees could find themselves two points outside of the relegation places and, while it would still remain difficult to imagine them being demoted, it would be hard to argue that progress is being made under Martinez if that was the case.