By any reasonable measure, ten Premier League matches is too early to try and evaluate the performance of a manager.
However, this is Tottenham Hotspur, and it never seems unreasonable to Daniel Levy to twitch his trigger finger if his appointments are struggling to hit the standards he sets.
With that in mind, how should Mauricio Pochettino be feeling after the first few months of his Spurs career?
Results have been far from perfect, with Spurs winning just four of their first ten league games, losing at home to West Brom and Newcastle as well as being tonked by Liverpool and Manchester City.
Even the wins Pochettino has pulled off have generally been fortunate rather than brilliant, especially the late 2-1 victory over an Aston Villa side that had lost five in a row prior to the game.
Spurs’ next league game is at home to Stoke, where they are 67/100 to pick up three points, but confidence is not especially high at White Hart Lane after three losses there already this term.
Other black marks against the Argentine include a strange reticence to play Harry Kane at weekends, with the striker yet to start a Premier League game despite notching regularly in cup competitions.
The youngster will now surely be part of the league side against Stoke after he came off the bench to score the winner against Aston Villa, but Pochettino could have played him earlier.
It’s particularly odd that the manager ignored Kane as he has been impressive in trusting youngsters elsewhere in his side.
Ryan Mason has been a major plus point to the season so far in central midfield, having been promoted by Pochettino after being ignored by previous Spurs managers.
Further positives for the new coach can be found in the improved form of several of last season’s flops.
Etienne Capoue has become a mainstay of the side, Nacer Chadli has scored five times in the Premier League and an increasingly confident Erik Lamela has shown flashes of brilliance.
However, a final factor to consider in evaluating Pochettino’s reign is his horrible choice of Younes Kaboul as captain, with the hapless defender showing no leadership as Spurs continue to demonstrate a lack of character.
Pochettino will be given time almost whatever happens this season as Spurs try to avoid sacking another manager, but ten games into the league season, the Argentine is yet to instil the style and results hoped of him.