Phil Brown has been sacked in what looks like a make-or-break move by Hull.
It got me thinking about our man Mick McCarthy, and how he measures up to the managers of the teams around us.
He’ll be popular around the city this week after out 2-1 win at Burnley.
But some fans still think he’s not up to the task.
For the record, I think Mick has done a grand job at Molineux and continues to do so.
He inherited a squad of players that numbered around 10 and no cash to build on it.
With youth players, a couple of loans and some clever free transfers, he got us in to the playoffs.
The next season we missed the playoffs by a couple of goals.
Three years in to his reign, and exactly in accordance with a promise he made when he was appointed, we were promoted – and as champions to boot.
Here's how Mick meaures up against the managers of the teams around us:
Mick McCarthy (us)
This is a manager who has managed successfully at three clubs – two in the top flight, taken Ireland to the second round of the World Cup, tasted defeat in the playoffs three times, won promotion for teams twice and lost one relegation battle. In short, he’s got bags of experience of winning and losing.
Gianfranco Zola (West Ham)
Didn’t even have a coaching licence when he took the West Ham job. A popular character with good contacts but this is his first management position having only previously led Italy’s under 21s.
Roberto Martinez (Wigan)
Two years at Swansea, one of those in League One. That’s was the extent of Martinez’s management experience before he moved to Wigan. Swansea played lovely football and won the championship in the third tier of English football but that is hardly enough CV material to warrant a Premier League position.
Brian Laws (Burnley)
Plenty of experience – but at Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday. He got the sack after only winning 33 per cent of his games at Wednesday and has no previous Premier League experience. Even so, Burnley think he’s the man to keep them up.
Avram Grant (Pompey)
Now here’s a guy with experience at the highest level who has been through some good and bad times. Portsmouth are lucky to have him. Pity it won’t make a difference thanks to that points deduction.
I wasn’t a Phil Brown fan but I’m not sure who is available who is better. Gareth Southgate has been mentioned (one club, one relegation). The board obviously want the new manager bounce effect but they’ll need to appoint the right person fast.
Now I ask you, which manager you would like running your club in a relegation battle?