Reports in the Sun have suggested that Michael Laudrup could make a prompt return to English top-flight management if West Ham decide to part company with Sam Allardyce.
The Hammers have since moved to refute the speculation, but with ten losses in their last 16 games, another against Hull could see the east Londoners right back in the relegation mire, increasing the pressure on the former Bolton boss.
A 6/5-rated victory for West Ham would see them leapfrog the Tigers in 12th place as well as Aston Villa in 11th and give Allardyce some-breathing space.
However, if fire is indeed the cause of the smoke currently emanating from the Boleyn Ground boardroom, then the east London outfit would be far better off looking at Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
Away from the limelight and without recourse to an interstellar playing career to add weight to his CV the Clarets manager has been managing in deeply impressive fashion.
His managerial career started amid an atmosphere of boardroom turbulence at a Watford side widely tipped for relegation from the Championship in 2011/12.
Attacking stars Danny Graham (the top scorer in the division in 2010/11), Will Buckley and Don Cowie were sold before the start of the season, yet Dyche righted the ship.
Even the sale of his top-scorer Marvin Sordell in January couldn’t stop the man known as ‘The Ginger Mourinho’ steering the Hornets to their finest finish for four campaigns.
Unnecessarily axed at the start of the 2012/13 campaign by the club’s new owners the Pozzo family, the Kettering native has been busy showing them what a rash decision that was at Burnley ever since.
After 13 games of 2013/14 Dyche had led the Clarets to their best ever start to a season and his knack for nurturing goalscorers has struck again.
Danny Ings’ campaign is 34 games deep yet he’s submerged his 2012/13 total of three goals in 32 outings this term, notching 20 times in the league alone.
Having ridden out a mid-season lull, the Turf Moor outfit are only three points behind a Leicester side who have been swamped with plaudits, yet all the while Dyche has remained staunchly unfashionable.
The Clarets are 3/1 for the Championship title, but they’ll fancy making a mockery of those odds when the league leaders visit their fortress-like home ground in their very next game.