The decision to sack Martin O'Neill and replace him with the wildcard that is Paolo di Canio is a real risk for Sunderland to have taken, and it's one many West Ham fans will wish their board had been pushed into making.
Di Canio is a former Hammers hero from his playing days, and so naturally rumours had persisted ever since he entered management in English football that he could end up in the dugout at Upton Park.
Standing is his way has been Sam Allardyce, a safe if slightly uninspiring pair of hands - compared to the livewire and passionate but totally unproven Di Canio.
For Sunderland, it was a risk they feel at this stage was worth taking - one point of the relegation zone, five points and five places below the Hammers.
So while the Black Cats roll the dice in the lotto that is their remaining seven games, it allows West Ham's manager Sam Allardyce to rest easier.
For Di Canio's presence and recent availability has stirred the pot regarding Allardyce's future - with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
Big Sam said recently he would sign one when the club were safe from relegation, which cannot be far off.
He will now no longer have the Di Canio issue hanging over his head, and with a dearth of exciting or talented available managerial candidates out there, and West Ham's need to stay in the top flight and secure their football future ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium, expect Allardyce to sign that new deal and remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
West Ham fans, do you wish you took the gamble? How will Di Canio fare at Sunderland?
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