How much longer can Paul Clement last at Swansea, with the club in the bottom three and former Swan Chris Coleman waiting in the wings?
Swansea sit in the relegation zone on 8 points and only basement side Crystal Palace have fared worse in their opening 11 games.
While Palace lost their first 7 matches and have now lost 9 from their opening 11, Swansea have not fared much better, losing 7 games themselves, including 5 at home already.
Clement looked crestfallen after losing 1-0 at home to Brighton before the international break and received a firm backing from the club.
But these interlulls are an excruciating period for managers under pressure, as this is the classic time when clubs ditch strugglers, giving a shiny new manager decent time to settle.
Clement looked a man expecting the worst and he must be preparing for this weekend’s trip to Burnley while counting the hours, hoping he makes it that long.
Burnley are riding high in 7th and Swansea host fellow strugglers Bournemouth on November 25. Will Clement still be in charge four days later, when the Swans travel to Chelsea, the club where he was assistant manager under Carlo Ancelotti?
There are always experienced managers ready and willing to take on a rescue act and, awkwardly for Clement, one in particular looks ideal for Swansea.
Chris Coleman has done spectacularly well as Wales manager, guiding them to last summer’s European Championships, where they narrowly failed to reach the final.
In recent weeks, they almost qualified for their first World Cup since 1958. Coleman’s stock is at an all-time high, but what does he do next? Stay with Wales, or try his hand again as a club manager?
Coleman might have peaked at international level. Wales now have no World Cup next summer and qualifying for the 2020 Euros will start next autumn. How could Coleman better his Wales achievements so far?
At club level, stints at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry City earned Coleman the Wales job, after a 16-year career as a player. And the club he played for the most was Swansea City.
Coleman reportedly wants his Wales future decided by the end of November. That looks like uncomfortable timing for Clement and an ideal opportunity for Coleman, if Swansea opt for change.