The previous week will be one that Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood will have gleefully bidden adieu to.
A pair of domestic defeats to local nemeses Chelsea and Arsenal provided the stale bread for an awful sandwich filled by a 3-1 White Hart Lane loss to Benfica.
This trio of bad results has left the Lilywhites seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City having played three games more.
A 21/20 rated win over temperamental Southampton next time out is imperative if they wish to keep their dying Champions League dream alive, though their spirited showing against the Gunners should instil belief that they can do so.
The performance, while failing to yield any goals and minimal shots on target, must be considered one of the highlights of Sherwood’s short tenure in the Tottenham dugout.
Here are five other things the greenhorn gaffer has got right:
Hokey-cokey frontman Adebayor has flourished under Sherwood’s guidance, leading the line admirably as Roberto Soldado continues to misfire.
The towering Togolese goal-getter has notched ten of his 11 seasonal strikes since his current boss took the reins from Andre Villas-Boas.
Empowered young players
Clubs with the financial muscle and lofty ambitions Spurs stock don’t tend to place much faith in academy graduates, but the 45-year-old’s willingness to ingratiate the kids is commendable.
The emergence of precocious Algerian Nabil Bentaleb is solely down to him, while the likes of Zeki Fryers and Harry Kane also have him to thank for their extra first-team exposure.
His record isn’t actually that bad
For a fledgling boss trying to rebuild the ruins from the previous regime, eight wins, two draws and four defeats in the league is a far cry from dreadful.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are games that any side in the world could lose, while Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United represent solid away scalps.
A scathing assessment of his charges after an abysmal showing at Stamford Bridge was a risky, but refreshing contrast to the commonplace spiel adopted by managers unwilling to publicly tread on toes.
He may be making his way in the management game, but Sherwood has still found the time to set a trend taking the soccersphere by storm – the gilet.
The fad caught on fast, with Swansea’s fellow rookie coach and notorious fashion copycat Garry Monk quick to don his sleeveless heat-retainer just weeks after the former Premier League title winner proved you didn’t have to wear your best whistle and flute to look dapper on the touchline.