We’ve approached that time of season, just before Christmas, when clubs begin to panic if they’re at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
Historically, there are two managers in particular that Premier League clubs turn to when they’re facing the prospect of a relegation dogfight in the second half go the season: Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.
But what happens when you’re sliding down the table and you already employ one of the aforementioned managers? Well, we might be about to find out.
West Brom’s recent form is utterly disastrous - the worst in the league.
In their last 10 league matches, the Baggies have picked up four points. Their last win was against Burnley back in mid-August.
That 1-0 victory at Turf Moor feels like a lifetime ago for the West Brom fans, many of whom feel the time has come for Pulis to go.
Teams managed by Pulis are renowned for making it difficult for the big clubs - especially when they have home advantage - but Chelsea made light work of West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
The reigning Premier League champions secured a 4-0 victory and, in truth, the scoreline could have been even worse for the hosts.
Alan Shearer gives his verdict on Pulis
However, Alan Shearer raised eyebrows on Match of the Day by arguing that West Brom should stick with the 59-year-old Welshman.
"I wouldn't fire him," the former Newcastle United and England star said. "He's never been relegated. In three years they've been 13th, 14th and tenth.
"Probably if there was a club struggling and he was out of a job they'd probably turn to him to keep them in the Premier League.
"They're three points off 12th position so I would give him a few more games. He's very good at keeping teams up. He's never been relegated. That's the reason I wouldn't get rid of him just yet."
Watch Shearer defender Pulis here...
Shearer has been blasted for voicing his opinion
Shearer’s comments sparked a huge backlash on Twitter…
Will Sam Allardyce replace Pulis at West Brom?
Although it’s easy to understand both sides of the argument, the fact is West Brom have been atrocious in recent weeks.
With games against Tottenham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Swansea City coming up, it’s safe to assume that Pulis will be out of a job before the New Year unless results improve quickly.
And who knows, perhaps West Brom will replace one firefighter with another.
Allardyce is understood to be interested in becoming the United States’ new head coach but the chance to steer one final club away from the threat of relegation might prove too tempting to turn down.
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