Two managers bite the dust in the past 7 days, and neither saw it coming. Board rooms are getting twitchy. Two men who meet on Boxing Day may be next for the axe.
The soap opera style of operation favoured by Gold and Sullivan at West Ham means disapproval of Avram Grant's management style was making banner headlines even before the boss had cleared the boardroom after his showdown summit. The ultimatum is stark. No win from the next three and you are gone.
By the same token I can't see our own manager surviving either if we fail to beat bottom club West Ham at home on Boxing Day. While assuming the trip to Liverpool is a foregone conclusion, and already factored in, nothing less than back-to-back wins from the home games with West Ham and WBA will suffice to salvage some faith in handing Hughes the necesssary funds to rebuild Roy's side. It's going to be a pivotal two weeks.
For a shrewd assessment of Hughes dilemma at Fulham I refer you to an excellent article by John Nicholson of 365 http://www.football365.com/john_nicholson/0,17033,8746,00.html
This has been bouncing around FFC forums this week and provoking plenty of comment, I add the link above in case you missed it. Having looked into John's work, he knows his stuff, writes thoughtfully and with insight. Always good to get someone's slant from outside FFC.
In passing, and I know this may provoke a howl or two, but if Fulham can get Lyle to persuade Liverpool to part with £10 million for Demps we should snap it up. Why?
Great business for a player who cost us £2 mill and was not even a guaranteed starter under Roy. A terrific move for Clint to really shine alongside the likes of Torres and Gerrard, at 27 this is the time to make that move. For the chairman, he hands out £2 mill in compensation to clear out our management team and still has £8 mill to hand the next guy into the hot seat.
Mo may not go in for the showboating style of the Hammers hucksters, but his tongue lashing of staff who displease him are legendary. Hughes had that visit after the Man City shambles. Since then we've had tame draws with faltering Brum and a 2nd string Sunderland. I note the lame soundbite of Saturday from the gaffer was 'for a little luck to start going our way.' Yes, that's what we've come down to now.
Get out the prayer mats!