Paolo Di Canio is as short as 7/4 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, but while the media gleefully pile on the pressure, the Sunderland suits’ record of patience means that the Italian isn’t likely to be going anywhere soon.
Defeat to newly-promoted Crystal Palace in the third game of the season left a new-player-stuffed Sunderland side joint-bottom of the fledgling Premier League and their largely incoherent performance meant signs of an impending upturn in fortunes were few and far between.
The ex-Swindon boss has lavished more than £19m on rejuvenating his squad this summer, bringing in no less than 14 new faces, with 13 men leaving the club.
Maybe it can be argued that such a wholesale change in playing staff was naive in a division where those treading water quickly get their heads ducked, but Di Canio had little choice.
His recruitment policy has gone some way to stemming the flow of cast-offs arriving on Wearside from White Hart Lane and Old Trafford and the club should be healthier in the long term for it.
Luckily for Di Canio he will benefit from being under the employ of one of the Premier League’s most merciful clubs.
After splashing nearly £30m on players in the summer following promotion from the Championship Roy Keane won just 11 of the 40 games in his first top flight campaign.
However, he was still allowed to remain in position until December of the following season despite the club posting just two wins in the first 10 games.
Even then it was Keane who severed his connection with the club.
The club were no shyer with the bankroll when Steve Bruce arrived, splashing-out another £30m’s worth of largesse by the end of August 2009.
In between those two bosses hapless Keane-underling Ricky Sbragia had been given a chance at the reins for the lion’s share of a season.
Despite overseeing a 14-game winless run in that first campaign, Bruce was allowed to manage the club a huge 98 times before his dismissal, even earning a contract extension.
Ending his Wearside reign with a win percentage of a lowly 29.59 per cent, he could hardly have complained about not being given a fair crack of the whip by The Stadium of Light hierarchy.
With this in mind Di Canio will surely be allowed to see this season out in Sunderland at the very least, making other misfiring bosses like Alan Pardew – manager of the club’s hated foes Newcastle – a more attractive bet at 9/2.