First it was Sam Allardyce, then Alan Pardew; 2014/15 is quickly garnering a reputation as the year of managerial redemption.
A section of the West Ham fans and their misguided ideologies on how football should be played craved the day Big Sam was shown the door.
Even the Hammers board took pre-season measures to make his position untenable, but after masterminding his team’s ascent to fourth in the Premier League, the terrace dissent has simmered down somewhat.
Pardiola was nailed on for the chop with Newcastle sharing the division’s bottom rung after seven matches, but three successive victories – two of which came away at Tottenham and Manchester City – has alleviated the bulk of supporter pressure.
The zero-to-hero exploits of both gaffers have got the debate committee at news.bwin.com/en/ HQ wondering just who will be the next boss to retrieve his bacon from the clutches of peril in this campaign of atonement?
A comprehensive victory over Aston Villa last time out suggests it could be Harry Redknapp and QPR.
The R’s are 3/4 second favourites for relegation after a substandard start to the season that had seen them win just once prior to vanquishing the Villans.
Owner Tony Fernandes recently took to the airwaves to back the former Tottenham and Portsmouth man amid fervent speculation that he would be forced to vacate his seat in the Loftus Road dugout.
Both Allardyce and Pardew have been subject of similar messages from their superiors which sparked a surge up the table.
With QPR pencilled in to face Chelsea and Man City next, Redknapp’s hopes of replicating his contemporaries’ achievements are microscopically slim, but West Ham and Newcastle have each beaten the latter in the past seven days and have usurped the odds to slay Spurs and Liverpool in recent weeks too.
Rangers aren’t without a shout in these games based on the Allardyce and Pardew’s heroics, while their 19/20 to beat the drop could prove a very shrewd bet indeed.