With Mick McCarthy sacked by Wolves, the book has been opened on who will be next Premier League manager to leave their current post and the sensible money may be on Owen Coyle at 5/1.
Andre Villas-Boas leads the Premier League market at 1/1 and he must certainly be glancing nervously over his shoulder after the defeat at Everton.
This loss has seen Chelsea fall outside of the top four and it would be hard for Roman Abramovich to persevere with Villas-Boas if they do not qualify for the Champions League.
Previously in the era of Abramovich, every manager that has failed to win the league has been fired, except Jose Mourinho for one season, although he was gone in the early stages of the following campaign.
This is not a sustainable method, especially when the new financial fair play laws will be brought in given Chelsea’s track record of paying compensation to fired managers.
Abramovich must now be hoping that he would have persisted with Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti, but eventually he will have to put his faith in someone for the longer term.
Given how much compensation was paid to Porto to sign Villas-Boas in the first place, it would seem a waste to sack him after just seven months, especially as he seemingly has ideas on how to transform the squad.
Any manager coming in would have equal difficulties in transforming the poor form of Fernando Torres, alongside trying to find the right approach to ousting the ageing backbone of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Therefore, Wolves have already proven that panic sets in at this time of the season by firing McCarthy in fear that he will not be able to keep the club up.
After a slight renaissance, Bolton have lost their last two games and have not been out of the bottom four since September, leaving them worse off than Wolves at present, which could soon spell the end for Coyle.