Could you imagine going into work and a load of people telling you that somebody else is about to take your job? Okay, I get threatened with that quite a lot, but for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, it is now a near-daily occurrence.
Barely a newspaper gets printed without some mention of who is going to replace either Mancini or Benitez, and now that everybody’s manager of choice, Pep Guardiola, has tied his mast to the Bayern Munich flag, you can take your pick of managers who are allegedly taking over at the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge.
In the media-frenzied climate we live in, the speculation is understandable: everybody knows Benitez is on his toes come what may at the end of the season (even if there is probably a part of Rafa that thinks he could end up staying if he wins something), whereas Mancini has underachieved so woefully this season that questions about his performance are inevitable.
But whereas Benitez has (mostly) taken the rumours and questions on his goateed double chin, Mancini has reacted like somebody moved Louie Spence into his spare room.
Increasingly agitated, Mancini has taken to making bizarre claims – he has been the best manager in England over the last 15 months, apparently – and angrily reacting to the latest rumour that Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini is to replace him with expletives and extremely short shrift for the journalists in question.
But with Jose Mourinho pouting and fluttering his eye lashes towards any club in England looking for a successful megalomaniac to manage them, this isn’t going to stop, especially not when both managers are relatively struggling.
City are 12 points adrift of Manchester United and have no chance of retaining the title, leaving the FA Cup as their sole hope of a trophy after a calamitous Champions League campaign, while Chelsea are far from assured a top-four position and have already blown their chance of winning five of the seven competitions they entered this season, which is no mean feat.
So when the two sides meet at the Etihad on Sunday, it is in far less dramatic circumstances than could have been expected back in August when the two clubs contested the Community Shield.
At that point, a title charge was expected from both the reigning champions and the kings of Europe, but both have failed to deliver and I don’t see there being much to choose between them on Sunday.
City are the 91/100 favourites, with Chelsea a 14/5 shot, but my preference is for the draw at 5/2, mainly because I have no interest in backing either side at the moment the way they are playing.
Okay, both had convincing home wins in the FA Cup last weekend against lower league opposition, but in general their form and performances have been anything but.
City are three league games without a win, during which time they have lost seven points on United and looked even more below par than they have for the majority of the season, especially in the dreadful 3-1 defeat to Southampton.
Chelsea have won just four of the last ten in all competitions, too, and there is no inclination at all to back them to win at a ground where the hosts are so hard to beat: just one home defeat in 42 games shows the challenge facing any visitors to the Etihad.
But I don’t see anything in the way City are playing that makes me want to back them at odds-on, and I think the draw is a player here.
It finished 0-0 when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge in November in Benitez’s first game in charge, and at 5/2, I fancy having a go on it finishing all square again on Sunday.