When Chris Hughton was sacked as Newcastle manager in 2010, it left many fans utterly perplexed. Yet, it's quite clear they wouldn't feel the same if current boss Alan Pardew was shown the exit.
It's been a very rocky road for Newcastle under Pardew, and something of a fall from grace for the Magpies when you consider just a few seasons ago they were challenging for the top four. Going into their sixth game this season, Newcastle are still looking for their first win, sitting 20th.
If the wins don't start rolling in soon, it's not looking good for someone who spent just under £40 million this summer to get the Magpies firing. But who would be his potential replacements?
After a short yet rather sweet spell at Crystal Palace, Tony Pulis could well be the next manager of Newcastle. Guiding a team like Crystal Palace well clear of relegation is definitely an achievement.
Having quite Palace just two days before the start of the new season after a dispute about transfers with owner Steve Parish, the question is would Pulis really want to work with another controversial owner.
Pulis holds a lot of Premier League experience, and Palace and Stoke definitely thrived whilst he was at the helm.Yet neither club reached the top half of the table whilst the Welshman was in charge, and this could prove the key reason for Mike Ashley looking elsewhere.
Clarke is another who performed very well at the helm of West Bromwich Albion on such a low budget, and he like others on this is list he is unattached so no compensation fee would have to be paid for his services.
Under Clarke West Brom did very well, and he even managed to tempt Romelu Lukaku on loan during his time as boss. Finishing eighth, West Brom's best position in the top-flight since 1981, was extraordinary and the experience Clarke has picked up being assistant boss at Liverpool and Chelsea clearly helped.
Clarke's time at West Brom ended on a rather sour note, and after just one full season in charge, he was relieved of his duties the following season even though his side beat Manchester United.
Surely Clarke will be looking to get back into management, and a place at Newcastle would definitely make sense.
Scarred after a nightmare 10 months? Definitely. Rattled after such miserable tenure? Probably. Unemployable? Well, that's definitely a step too far.
David Moyes may have been far from a revelation at Old Trafford, however you'd think that because of his time at Everton where he did so well in his nine years at the helm, surely he'll still be a target for Newcastle.
The Magpies would be a little like Everton in their ambitions. They want to be a top club, however with very little money spent, and Moyes managed to live to the expectation in his time at Everton. Moyes has to get back into the game somehow, and with no other high flying opportunities he's bound to be interested.
Frank De Boer
After coming so close to leaving Dutch giants Ajax in order to manage Tottenham last summer, you'd think that De Boer would still be looking for a route into the Premier League.
Under De Boer at Ajax, current Newcastle man Siem de Jong was a key player and the attacker eventually became the boss' captain. Ajax have a 65 percent win record under their 44-year-old boss whilst Pardew boasts a 37 percent record.
De Boer would bring something fresh to Newcastle, something they've needed for years. He can perform under a tight budget, yet still compete in Europe's elite.
Although a compensation fee would have to be paid, De Boer would surely be a good boss for the Magpies, and if the Dutchman can get Geordie fans to support his style of football then they'd be well away.
After winning the Scottish League title three times with Celtic, Neil Lennon finally left this summer with the Irishman looking to try his hand down south in the Premier League where it'd perhaps be a little more challenging.
However, Lennon is still out of work. You'd think that he'll want to take charge of a team that has the capabilities of reaching the top six, and Newcastle is just that taking into account they finished fifth in the 2011/12 season.
Lennon performed well under a tight budget in Scotland, and his eye for silverware may just be what it takes to get him the job at Newcastle. Another bonus would be that Lennon plays a real good style of attacking football, something Magpies fans have cried out for for so long.
The only drawback though, with Lennon having no experience in the Premier League, would he be more of a punt?