When Peter Grant took over the helm at Norwich City, the club's directors could have been forgiven for thinking they'd employed the man with the Midas touch.
Inspirational and passionate in his job interview, he backed that up with compelling evidence on the pitch. A 1-0 win at Birmingham City was followed by the same scoreline against early season leaders Cardiff City.
Two wins, no goals conceded; it seemed too good to be true. Sadly that proved to be the case.
Ironically, a career which began with success over the team that eventually became champions, ended somewhat ingloriously in defeat against the bottom team.
Grant's time was up. By questioning his immediate future, he knew there was no way back.
So, for the second time in just 12 months Norwich City are looking for a new manager. In hindsight, they clearly erred in appointing Grant. They simply can't afford to make the same mistake again.
Which is why they'll take as long as they need and why they'll surely eventually plump for an old head. To consider another managerial novice and risk another failure would be catastrophic.
The usual suspects have all been trotted out and doubtless analysed by City's inner sanctum. It's not a task I envy them. Seeing the side down among the dead beats and aware that the fans' patience is already stretched to the limit, this is a momentous decision. They've got to get it right.
We all have our thoughts as to who's the best candidate. I can't begin to second guess what's going through the minds of those in the boardroom, but whatever the decision it's bound to be a gamble.
There's no guarantee that Tony Pulis (or any other manager that's done his time in the Championship and racked up the miles along the motorway) will be success here. Any more than an inexperienced hand is bound to fail.
For all his years in the game, Peter Taylor scarcely hinted at reviving Crystal Palace's ailing fortunes. And having seen a procession of players leave Portman Road and no cash to work with, how many Ipswich fans really believed Jim Magilton would get things right in his first season and make the smooth transition from ball player to boss?
Precious little was revealed at City's annual general meeting. The chairman's stock answer was that the board would not be rushed and must find the best man available.
In football parlance, they talked a good game. ?We are not ? and will not be ? a small provincial club,? insisted Roger Munby.
Comments that were backed up by Michael Wynn Jones. He revealed they were actively pursuing candidates over and above the more than 50 applications that had been received in the first two days.
Although there may be plenty to choose from, are they of sufficiently good quality? And having been taken in by Grant's persuasive charms, can we rely on the City board to see the bigger picture? When the talking stops, will the new man actually deliver?
To be fair to the directors, it's impossible to guarantee the correct decision. Can you be sure that Gary Johnson would achieve for Norwich what he has for Bristol City; could anybody have predicted Sheffield Wednesday would be so poor this season after Brian Laws raised promotion hopes by steering them clear of relegation last time round?
At the AGM, Neil Doncaster cited the example of Mike Walker ? excellent at Norwich, but a disaster at Everton.
There's no denying Walker did a superb job in leading Norwich into Europe for the first time. But I always felt he enjoyed the sort of luck that eludes so many other managers.
I'll always remember his first game in charge as one of the most extraordinary in my time watching Norwich. They were 2-0 down at Arsenal on the opening day of the season, and at half-time my mate predicted we'd be relegated. Slightly premature perhaps, although frankly it was difficult to disagree.
But on came newly-signed Mark Robins to fashion an astonishing comeback, culminating in a 4-2 win. Three days later they beat Chelsea and for much of 1992/93 led the Premier League.
To this day I'm convinced it was Robins' cameo performance that changed the direction of the season. It underlined just what confidence can do.
Had they lost at Arsenal, I'm not sure they would have beaten Chelsea and the whole course of that memorable campaign would have been substantially different.
Mike Walker was promoted from within; a decision that annoyed many supporters who accused the club of lacking ambition. But Norwich got it right. Sound judgement or a lucky stab in the dark? Either argument has its merits.
Will City go down that route again and give Jim Duffy the job? I suspect I wasn't the only one impressed with what he had to say at the shareholders' meeting ? how he bemoaned the lack of strong characters in the squad, and the absence of a creative spark in midfield.
Good though Duffy sounded, my hunch is that the board will look elsewhere and see him as too closely associated to Grant's failure.
He should be regarded as a serious candidate, although Delia and the gang will be all too aware of outside pressures to appoint a higher profile figure. Hopefully they'll be strong enough to resist the temptation to appoint a name for a name's sake just to appease certain fans.
Lets' just pray they get it right. I can't offer any kind of perceptive insight into who they might go for, but is this too far fetched?
Grant goes to Charlton to again team up with Alan Pardew, leaving Phil Parkinson (the current No 2 at the Valley) to return to East Anglia…
Parkinson reinforces just what a thankless task it can be appointing a football manager. Would it be the Phil Parkinson who led Colchester into the Championship for the first time ever, or the Phil Parkinson who, just months later, made such a pig's ear at Hull?
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