I think everyone should stop what they're doing and give this some proper consideration: In just his first full season in the Championship, Owen Coyle has guided Burnley to the Premier League.
The Championship has been known to swallow careers whole, yet Coyle hasn't taken a backward step since he arrived from St. Johnstone. It's not a trick either. While they were getting out of one of the most competitive divisions in the World, Burnley chalked up some impressive wins against Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs in the League Cup.
And, they can't be dismissed because they arrived through the back door. The results in the Playoffs over the last few years have only underlined the strength of the Championship. Of the last four Playoff winners, West Ham and Hull City have managed to stay up.
Coyle has managed to achieve all this without the resources of some of his rivals, and while some of his players have featured in Premier League teams, you'd need a pretty good memory to realise where you've seen them before. Robbie Blake (Bradford), Joey Gudjonsson (Wolves) and Stephen Jordan (Man City) are hardly household names, except in Burnley.
And Burnley itself should be a nice story. It's one of the oldest football clubs in the country, they play at Turf Moor, one of the oldest and most historic football grounds in the World and now they're coming up with one of the best young managers in the country.
Interestingly, Coyle got the job at Turf Moor due to recommendations from some of the most respected men in British football. First, Alex McLeish said he reckoned that Owen would be a Premier League manager. The second recommendation came from Phil Gartside.
Yep, Brendan Flood, the vice chairman of Burnley, said that Coyle was passed over when Gary Megson got the job. What the..?
When Gartside was casting round for a manager to replace Little Sam, he ended up picking Megson up off the scrapheap over a young manager who was winning in Scotland, had ambitions of managing in the Premier League and was just a decade removed from actually playing for Bolton and scoring in the extra-time playoff win over Reading at Wembley.
Maybe that's why Phil Gartside is a Premier League Chairman and I'm not. Just don't be surprised if this time next season Owen Coyle, (with his small club and no-name players), is celebrating, while Gary Megson is staring at the scrapheap again.