Results and fixtures have not been kind to Tottenham Hotspur manager, Andre Villas-Boas, who could be out of a job by New Year.
Three painful results had already left the White Hart Lane club reeling, even before they were humiliated 6-0 by Manchester City last weekend.
An early season defeat to major rivals Arsenal set Spurs on an uneven keel. A 3-0 derby pasting at home by West Ham stuck in the craw. And another home derby capitulation to let Chelsea leave the Lane with a point was unsavoury.
Then came the City demolition, and suddenly the bookies have made AVB the odds-on favourite to be the next sacked Premier League manager.
It does not help matters that his next league game is against defending champions against Manchester United on Sunday.
If he does not get a positive result, AVB could well find himself clearing out his desk on Monday morning.
But even if Spurs do somehow manager to return to form at the weekend, it could just be a stay of execution,
Reports in the British media suggest that Spurs owner Joe Lewis and chairman Daniel Levy have begun to wonder about the wisdom of hiring Villas-Boas.
And so by the time Spurs face Liverpool on the 16th of December, their manager’s fate could have been decided.
Villas-Boas has slammed Spurs’ supporters for creating an unhelpfully tense atmosphere at White Hart Lane, and he said the players should be “ashamed” after they were slaughtered by City.
But the fact is that AVB has had £110.5 million worth of top quality new players to work with, and he is yet to get it right.
It should also be pointed out however, that despite their collection of shameful results, Spurs are still just eight points behind league leaders Arsenal, and four behind second place Liverpool.
And so a few good wins could change the picture entirely, meaning AVB may just stave off the executioner’s blade.