A sacking at a League One club on Saturday may have come at the perfect time for Tony Pulis.
Pulis was confirmed as Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager the previous evening and is expected to name his backroom team this week.
It has already been reported that the Welshman’s long-time sidekick, Dave Kemp, will arrive as his assistant – despite having retired for a second time in 2018.
But with James Beattie, Andrew Hughes, Darryl Flahavan and Ryan Needs all having followed Garry Monk out of Hillsborough last week, there are other roles to fill.
And it is possible that one of those could go to Ben Garner, the recently-departed Bristol Rovers boss.
Pulis inherited Garner as his first-team coach at Crystal Palace and took him to West Bromwich Albion in 2015, promoting him to number two the following year.
Speaking to Bristol Live in December, the 62-year-old said of his former colleague, who was mentored by Jose Mourinho while completing his UEFA Pro Licence: “Ben’s an excellent coach and now he just needs a chance to prove he can do it as a head coach.
“He’s desperate to be a manager – and someone will give him an opportunity at some point sooner or later.”
That opportunity came and went for Garner, though, and the 40-year-old may need to take a step back before he can progress again.
Joining Pulis at Sheffield Wednesday could be ideal.