It is to the shame of the Tottenham Hotspur squad that their manager Mauricio Pochettino finds himself 6/1 fourth-favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Spurs are a distant 9/1 prospect for a top-four finish after losing three of their last four games and murmurs of disgruntlement about their manager are growing louder.
It’s about the time his playing staff instead were fingered for their part in the club’s downward spiral.
As a group, the post-Gareth Bale Lilywhites have already seen off Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood and it seems they’re intent on doing in the new broom too.
Pochettino’s modus operandi is not difficult to get the hang of, nor does it require sublime technical gifts.
A previously reeling Southampton side largely assembled from lower-division components picked it up and used it to save themselves from relegation in 2012/13.
Just one, base element is absolutely necessary for it’s effective deployment, application, which is what it makes the Lilywhites failure to embrace it so unforgiveable.
Suggestions that he must tweak the tactical style which won him the job to suit his players are wide of the mark too.
Surely the reason a manager with such a well-defined way of playing was signed was as a counterpoint to the ‘go out there and play’ naivety of Tim Sherwood?
Quite what is behind the steady downgrade in not just performances but joie de vivre at the club is unclear, but it has certainly gathered pace since the departure of Harry Redknapp.
Players like Mousa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are almost unrecognisable from the vital talents on display under the now Queens Park Rangers boss.
Such is the atmosphere of downward mobility about the club that they are now 2/1 sixth favourites merely to finish in the top six of the Premier League this season.