It's difficult to judge a manager's credentials after just four months and ten league games in charge.
But that is the situation that former England boss Steve McClaren found himself in, after a board meeting was held following Nottingham Forest's latest defeat - a 3-1 home loss at the hands of fellow strugglers Birmingham City yesterday.
The result? A resignation offered by the man who less than two years ago, won the Dutch Eredivisie title with FC Twente. McClaren also had a spell at Wolfsburg, becoming the first Englishman to manage in the German Bundesliga, and despite a difficult period that resulted in his sacking, the former Manchester United assistant is sure that the experience has made him stronger.
Not that his City Ground tenure is anything to go by. With only eight points from his opening ten Npower Championship games, and with Forest languishing 21st in the table, McClaren was gone. Not so much a case of him leaving, more that he was pushed.
The decision marks the first high-profile departure of the 2011-12 campaign, and puts the managerial merry-go-round wheels in motion, as a number of manager's become increasingly hot under the collar.
As the pressure intensifies, GMF asked over 1000 online football fans who they believe will be the first Barclays Premier League managerial casualty.
As Steve Kean's position at Blackburn Rovers becomes increasingly untenable, following another emphatic 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, 68% of fans backed Ewood Park chiefs to act first by sacking the man they chose to promote internally after sacking Sam Allardyce.
Despite the recent vote of confidence from Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, it's Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who seems the second most likely manager to lose his job, with 12% of fans believing the Frenchman's worst start to a Barclays Premier League campaign will result in him losing his job.
Bolton Wanderers' early-season woes continue, with six league defeats on the spin leaving them propping up the table, causing 9% of fans to assume that Owen Coyle is under increased pressure, while 7% think Steve Bruce must turn things around quickly or face the wrath of his board.
Roy Hodgson appears to be relatively safe, with only 3% of fans believing the Baggies boss' position is under threat, but the overwhelming majority expect the next managerial vacancy to come to light at the home of the one-time Premier League champions.
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