Rafa Benitez’ failure to prevent Newcastle United from relegation has led many to suggest that the Magpies took too long to get rid of Steve McClaren.
A prevailing thought in football is that changing manager part way through the season can help turn around a club’s fortunes.
This appears to still be the case and the earlier a chairman gets rid of lame duck, the better it will be for results.
Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat were the first managerial casualties of this campaign, with Liverpool and Sunderland respectively the better for it after the struggling pair departed.
Jurgen Klopp only lost one of his first ten across all competitions for the Reds, winning six, and has since gone on to guide the side to Capital One Cup and Europa League finals.
Similarly, Sam Allardyce took over the Mackems when they were yet to pick up a win in the league.
The former West Ham manager emerged victorious in his second game in charge, a 3-0 trouncing of rivals Newcastle, and took the Wearsiders from 19th in the table to guaranteed safety with a game to spare.
Tim Sheerwood was the next boss to be shown the door, with Aston Villa firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Remi Garde took over and failed to pick up three points until his tenth top-flight outing and also struggled against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup.
Garde was also shown the Villa Park door in the end of March, with the Villans failing to win since and it seems that the Midlanders were doomed from the outset regardless of who was in charge, highlighted by the failings of the Frenchman, his predecessor and incumbent Eric Black.
Swansea City are another outfit to benefit from changing the man in the dugout.
Garry Monk was removed from his post in December, with the Swans only one point off the drop zone.
Francesco Guidolin eventually took over and was unbeaten in his first four fixtures, winning half of his immediate ten outings.
The Italian boss guided his new team to safety, with the Welsh outfit currently 12 points clear of Newcastle.
Bringing in Rafa Benitez has seen the Magpies go unbeaten in five and had he been given more time, as the aforementioned clubs show, he may have been able to save the Tynesiders.