Hull manager Steve Bruce went straight to the top of many a Newcastle partisan’s managerial wish list when his interest in the position was reported over Christmas.
Yet there are an army of statistics that suggest that, Geordie or not, he is far from the ideal man for the job.
Bruce, had been eased out to 20/1 to be the Magpies’ next permanent manager but is unlikely to stay there.
The Sun reports that 3/1 second-favourite Remi Garde disappointed the club at interview, throwing the market wide-open once more.
However, when the former Manchester United centre-half’s managerial record is examined there is little to endear him to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
Firstly the decidedly moderate form of his Hull side must count against him.
Bruce has overseen eight victories in 47 fixtures since the beginning of 2014, sustaining an eye-watering 30 losses during that period.
That’s in spite of enviable support in the transfer market this summer from Tigers owner Assem Alam, who countenanced a total outlay of around £22m.
His win percentage at previous club Sunderland, arguably his most well-resourced employers to date was a sickly 29 per cent.
Before that at Wigan he faired little better, with victories in 33 per cent of Latics games under his stewardship.
While he has been able to coax success rates of around 37 per cent from both Hull and Birmingham during his time, those more impressive ratios are artificially boosted by promotion seasons in the second tier.
Bruce’s Premier League managerial experience amounts to occasional seasons of mid-table security amid a general theme of pitch relegation battles.
Meanwhile, Birmingham aside, his lack of longevity in various roles hints at a manager with limited scope and no qualms about ditching a side when it suits him.
Hull are just the second club he has stayed at for more than 100 games in his career.
St Andrews remains his longest pit-stop to date, however he would have left the Blues halfway through that spell but for them placing a £7m compensation price on his head to ward of Newcastle’s interest.