Transfer deadline day might seem like a fairly harmless affair, but plenty of people suffer for the silly spectacle, whether it is the players reduced to mere props in standoffs between chairmen or fans who suddenly see huge holes drilled into their side's meticulously assembled squads.
Judging by the current state of the Betfair Sportsbook's Premier League Next Manager To Leave Post market, the men in the dugouts might just be the biggest victims of the lot.
Though their influence on transfer strategy is the least it has ever been, they are still the individuals whose job prospects are most affected by their employers' window successes and failures.
It surely isn't a coincidence that the three frontrunners in the sack race betting are all in charge of clubs that didn't get what they were hoping for out of deadline day.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is the 5/2 favourite having overseen only two Premier League victories in 24 games since last Christmas, with his chances of turning that form around clearly hindered by proving unable to convince Jack Wilshere to move to Selhurst Park on loan.
The 11/4 second favourite Tony Pulis is both vulnerable to the sack because of his unpopularity with a significant percentage of West Brom supporters and a candidate to walk away in disapproval at a lack of transfer activity much as he did when managing the Eagles in 2014.
The Welsh tactician is believed to have been frustrated all summer by the lack of Baggies incomings. Acceleration was expected after an early August takeover and they were linked with Moussa Sissoko and James McCarthy on deadline day, yet Allan Nyom and Hal Robson-Kanu were lone late arrivals. Prior to that, just Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli were acquired, as well as Brendan Galloway on loan.
Francesco Guidolin is third favourite to be the next coach ditched at 5/1, but his work has also been complicated by having his best defensive and attacking contributors Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew removed and replaced by footballers who have never played in Britain before.
That means that, even if they are of an appropriate quality, they might take time to settle that the Swansea boss himself won't be afforded, which perhaps explains the Swans' ultimately fruitless efforts to bring in Enner Valencia on loan from West Ham in the final hours of the window.
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