Garry Monk’s sacking at Sheffield Wednesday may have come as a bit of a surprise to some considering the club were dealt a points deduction before a ball was kicked.
But just seven Championship wins in the last 34 games tells its own story.
Monk claimed he had met the pre-season target heading into the November international break. But that wasn’t enough to convince owner Dejphon Chansiri.
Tony Pulis has been swiftly drafted in as his replacement.
And here we look at three players who may immediately benefit from Monk’s exit.
Adam Reach joined Wednesday from Middlesbrough for £5 million in 2016.
The winger has bags of talent and is a big threat in the final third, illustrated by his impressive 12 goals and 18 assists during his first two campaigns at Hillsborough.
But Monk’s arrival coincided with his lack of productivity in attack over the last 18 months.
Reach has scored just once in the Championship under Monk’s guidance. Moreover, he was often thrust in at left wingback with more defensive duties in a back-three system.
Pulis will surely see his value as an attacking player. And Reach may just rediscover his top form should the shackles be removed under the new Owls boss.
Liam Palmer was deployed in various positions under Monk. He is versatile, but sometimes that means covering for several roles rather than focusing on just one.
The back-three system under Monk saw Palmer feature both as the right-sided defender of the three or as a wingback. Neither position really plays to his strengths.
Palmer’s best role is primarily at right-back. And should new manager Pulis expectedly go back to a back four, he seems like the ideal player for that position.
Pulis likes his defenders to have height. Standing at 6ft 2inch, Palmer stands out and he will be hopeful of a more prominent role having only started four league games to date.
Keiren Westwood was left out in the cold by Monk. He hasn’t featured for the Owls in over a year, while failing to make the 25-man squad this season.
But Pulis feels differently about the 36-year-old shot-stopper.
The newly-appointed Owls boss told Yorkshire Live how Westwood remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship and would be selected if registered.
Pulis went on to say he is actively looking to get Westwood back into the fold.
It remains to be seen how Westwood holds up after such a long period without competitive action, but he will be delighted to be given another shot at Hillsborough.