Lauded for his motivational mastery and unrelenting work ethic, West Brom boss Tony Pulis is widely regarded as the go-to guy when a club is in relegation danger.
In keeping the Baggies afloat this season, the Welshman elongated his reputable record of never being demoted a division across his dugout-dwelling career, an impressive achievement considering it began in 1992.
Two short spells of unemployment have punctuated an otherwise unbroken seven-year stint of managing in the Premier League, with Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom all benefitting from his survival know-how.
His achievements undoubtedly deserve plaudits, but is Pulis capable of planning for and attaining long-term success, or is he nothing more than a foundation fixer?
After masterminding Stoke’s heroic relegation escape of 2008/09, punters touted the Newport native for the manager of the year gong, but after four more stagnant seasons in the upper reaches of the bottom half where a points haul of 47 was never bested, the Potters decided a change was required if progress was to be made.
In came Mark Hughes, who steered the Staffordshire side to a highest finish Premier League of tenth in 2013/14, his first year at the helm, before besting the effort with a ninth in 2014/15.
Both years under the former Wales and Blackburn boss’ guidance saw the 50-point threshold hit, while their 6-1 shellacking of Liverpool on the last day of this season ensured they finished proceedings with a positive goal difference – another first of the Premier League era.
Stoke have undoubtedly improved since severing ties with Pulis and the same can be argued of Palace.
Again, after another masterful piece of relegation avoidance upon taking the reigns at Selhurst Park, more manager of the year talk was made.
He won 11 of his 26 league matches in charge – they’d won two prior to his appointment – to bring about an 11th-place finish, 12 points clear of the drop zone.
This turnaround saw him land the LMA Premier League Manager of the Year gong, yet following disagreements with the board, Pulis left the south London outfit on the eve of the previous season.
His replacement Neil Warnock was sacked in December with the Eagles in the bottom three, leaving Alan Pardew 21 games to save their skin.
Having assumed control with his troops embroiled in the relegation mix, Pardiola heaved Palace from 18th-place to tenth, with a spot in the top-ten brought about thanks to a 1-0 win over Swansea.
This was one place and three points better than that which Pulis had mustered to ample fanfare 12 months earlier.
West Brom ended the campaign in 13th spot with 44 points in the bag, four places higher and more than double the haul they had after 20 matches when he took the reigns.
Judging from the exploits of Stoke and Palace, the Baggies stand a better chance of obtaining an even loftier standing than this if they dispense with the baseball cap sporting tactician, who has laid the groundwork for top-tier stability through his achievements at the Hawthorns this season.
Should the decision-makers in the West Brom boardroom come to share this sentiment, the 11/5 about him not being in charge of the Black Country club on the final day of next season will prove an exceptional bet.