André Villas-Boas was handed his P45 on Monday, less than 24 hours after Tottenham Hotspur were humiliated in front of their own crowd, 5-0 by Liverpool.
The departure has come as a surprise to many, although many statistics look bad for the Portuguese manager.
Tottenham have suffered their biggest Premier League defeats this millennium; their 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City three weeks ago was their biggest defeat since December 1996. Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool was their biggest at White Hart Lane since December 1997.
Neither ready well for Villas-Boas, particularly after spending £105 million on a number of highly-rated players.
Striker Robert Soldado has come under a lot of criticism for relying on penalty kicks for the majority of his Premier League goals this season. Erik Lamela has taken time to settle in, whilst Christian Eriksen has been inconsistent.
But could the number of new signings expected to have settled in under such a short period? 16 Premier League games to be precise.
Tottenham have arguably underperformed in the Premier League this season – after many fans were optimistic of a top 4 finish and a UEFA Champions League spot this season. Spurs are currently 5 points behind fourth place Manchester City.
Performances against top clubs should be of concern to Tottenham fans – aside from the thrashings by Manchester City and Liverpool recently, their club has only picked up 6 points in 8 matches against current top 10 opposition. That was 3 points against 10th place Swansea City in their second match of the season, as well as home draws against Chelsea and Manchester United, and a draw at Everton.
Are Tottenham right to dismiss their coach that guided them to a club record 72 Premier League points last season? Less than half-way into the 2013-14 campaign.
Former England manager and current Russia head coach Fabio Capello is the early favourite for the job. The Italian’s odds are 3.85 with Betfair.
After Capello, Michael Laudrup’s odds of 5.0 also suggest the Swansea City manager is a strong candidate for the vacancy at White Hart Lane. Both sides found out their UEFA Europa League round of 32 opponents on Monday.
Glenn Hoddle is third favourite to return to White Hart Lane. The former England start was previously in charge between 2001-2003 but would have to be considered a surprise should he return into the hot seat.
Former Spurs player Tim Sherwood is next in line according to the bookmakers. The 3-time England international has been giving the interim duties to explain why his odds are quite short for someone with no managerial experience.
Other notable odds with Betfair:
Mauricio Pochettino (Southampton) – 14.0
Guus Hiddink (unemployed) – 18.0
Frank de Boer (Ajax) – 19.0
Jürgen Klinsmann (USA national team) – 28.0
Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers) – 55.0
Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Molde FK) – 60.0