Paul Lambert’s sacking as Aston Villa boss means that for the first time since its 1992 inception, the Premier League is without a Scottish manager.
The invasion of coaches born north of the border was at its height in April 2012, when no fewer than seven clubs were under the tutelage of a man from the land of links golf and haggis.
Sir Alex Ferguson headed the brigade during his legendary Manchester United tenure, with countrymen David Moyes (Everton), Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool), Alex McLeish (Aston Villa), Steve Kean (Blackburn) Owen Coyle (Bolton) and Lambert (Norwich) all hoping to emulate his achievements.
Since then Steve Clarke has managed at the highest level in the English game with West Brom, while Malky Mackay has also tried his hand when manning the rudder at Cardiff.
Like their countryman, both have since moved on from their esteemed posts as the standing of the Scottish manager in the English game began to crumble.
Kean and Coyle oversaw the Premier League relegation of their clubs in 2011/12, while Dalglish and McLeish were shown the door by theirs after underwhelming campaigns.
Sir Alex, of course, left of his own accord, while Moyes’ attempts to fill his enormous void were far from successful.
The current Real Sociedad bosses’ departure left Lambert as the stand alone Scot in the top tier and, despite fighting valiantly for ten months, he wasn’t able to survive the cull.
But what occurred amongst the football manager fraternity to suddenly halt the fad of the kilt-clad tactician?
The answer is simple: the changeable chaps manning the mahogany tables in Premier League boardrooms across the nation have been caught up in a new craze.
It’s South American managers that are the ‘must-have’ of the modern day.
In the history of the Premier League, there have only ever been five managers hailing from this region.
Of this quintet, 60% (Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City and Uruguayan Gus Poyet of Sunderland) are in operation right now.
Judging by the Scottish infatuation, expect to see the grip of the South American gaffer tighten in the coming seasons, which adds value to the preposterously impossible 28/1 that Marseille’s Chilean chief Marcelo Bielsa is the next Villa manager.