Demonstrating a thus far unseen knack for self-preservation, Steve McClaren has reportedly turned down the chance to take over at Newcastle United this season.
With three games to go the Magpies, who are on an eight-game losing streak, are two points clear of the relegation zone.
Their next match is at home to West Brom, a clash Newcastle are 8/5 to win.
Add in the fact that some of their players seem happier getting red cards than fighting for their Premier League survival, and it’s fair to say the job is a poisoned chalice in the short term.
McClaren is still the favourite to take the reins at St James’ Park eventually, but the Derby boss’ initial rejection, coupled with reports he wants to have another crack at promotion with the Rams, has blown the market wide open.
David Moyes, who is yet to set Spain alight with Real Sociedad, is now reportedly on Newcastle’s shortlist, but perhaps the most interesting option could be Michael Laudrup.
The Dane was sacked by Swansea back in February 2014, and has since filled his time, and likely his wallet, by taking charge of Qatari side Lekwiya.
However, Laudrup would surely jump at the chance to return to a club of Newcastle’s stature, and despite being dismissed by the Swans, his record in the Premier League is impressive.
In his first season with Swansea Laudrup led them to the first major trophy in their history as they claimed the Capital One Cup.
The Welsh side also ended up ninth in the Premier League, their highest-ever finish, although Garry Monk’s men seem set for eighth spot this term.
Laudrup can also claim that he was somewhat harshly dismissed the following season, with Swansea sitting in mid-table when he left the club, and still in the Europa League and FA Cup.
The Swans were on a run of six losses in eight games, but five of those defeats came against Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Everton.
The former Barcelona player also ensures his sides play an attractive, possession-based brand of football. Something that would be a useful fillip to the Magpies’ attempts to get their fans back on side.
Whether Laudrup, who is not a man lacking confidence, would mesh well with Mike Ashley, is yet to be seen, but the Dane ticks many of the boxes Newcastle should be looking for in a new manager.