Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe can count himself singularly unlucky not to be considered a candidate for Premier League manager of the year.
This is not a normal campaign, with even status-quo-smashing runs from Tottenham and West Ham unlikely to gain Mauricio Pochettino or Slaven Bilic the LMA gong for the best manager in 2015/16.
Barring the revelation of a cupboard full of Nazi memorabilia in his lodgings, or some other similarly unforeseen and unacceptable indiscretion, Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri has it sewn up.
It’s unlikely that Howe will be reflecting upon this as he prepares the Cherries to visit a Spurs side who thrashed them 5-1 at the Vitality Stadium in late October.
That loss was their second successive defeat by the same margin and the third of a run of six losses in seven games that had many, including us at news.bwin.com, suggesting they were a superb bet for relegation.
They had begun life in the Premier League reasonably well, losing at home to Aston Villa on the opening day aside, but horrendous luck with injuries seemed certain to terminally derail their efforts to survive.
Lethal-looking top scorer Callum Wilson and new signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings were all injured, seemingly for the whole season, before the top-flight ledger had seen seven games completed, while centre-half and captain Tommy Elphick lasted just five fixtures before succumbing to his a mishap of his own.
By the end of the aforementioned losing streak they were 18th, criminally lacking in goal threat and similarly unable to repel opposition strikers.
Yet, somehow, to his immense credit Howe, the alchemist, has managed to re-sculpt his depleted resources into a side capable of not fighting, but playing their way to survival.
Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United were the first three victims of their point-guzzling resurgence, just to underline the uphill battle they faced at that juncture.
Now the Cherries find themselves 13th and as many points off the relegation zone after three successive wins, with the most recent two (against Newcastle and Swansea) instrumental in yanking up the stepladder from those below them.