The Premier League is not known for its hospitality to either Neil Warnock or Crystal Palace and the reprise of their triangle of misery is only likely to end one way.
Upon the conclusion of the farcical recruitment process for a manager to replace Tony Pulis, the Eagles find themselves third favourites to be relegated at 7/5.
Only 2/5 Burnley and 27/20 QPR are deemed greater certainties to heed the reaper’s bony beckonings.
An expert in the art of the Football League promotion, Warnock is still well regarded at Selhurst Park having a forged a competitive side from some highly dubious parts during their administration crisis of 2010/11.
However, like so many a provincial hipster on their first night out at a trendy London nightspot, the cantankerous gaffer’s stardust seems to desert him whenever he sets foot in the top flight.
In 58 career games at the highest domestic level, Warnock has mustered a mere 14 victories, also holding out for 13 draws and incurring 31 defeats.
An average of around 0.9 points per game across a season at Sheffield United and a further 20 games at Queens Park Rangers translates to a 36.03 point haul over a 38-game campaign.
It’s enough to have ensured survival in two of the last five Premier League seasons.
Yet the squad he’s taking over is not that far improved from the one that lost nine of their first ten games in 2013/14, before the Pulis miracle machine clicked into gear.
When arriving at Selhurst Park for his first spell in charge back in October 2007, Warnock said at the time that it would be his last job in football.
The lure of a top flight within reach at QPR was too much to ignore in 2010 and he’s still managing four years later at the grand old age of 65.
After getting the boot at Loftus Road the only post he has occupied before assuming the reins in SE29 was at Leeds United.
A win rate of 36.51 per cent in Yorkshire hardly advertises the fact that his abilities are undulled by the passing years as he reaches retirement age.