If something happens once, you take stock. If it happens twice, you're unlucky. But three times? That's just plain harsh.
So what must be going through David Ngog's head after the forward saw the third Premier League manager out of three lose their job after signing him?
Admittedly, the Frenchman wasn't the direct reason for any of the sackings (though we can speculate as to whether he was at least a small factor), while he may not have even been Michael Laudrup's signing at Swansea City in the first place.
But the record sticks, nevertheless.
Ngog first came to England in the 2008/09 season after being signed by Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, scoring three times in 19 appearances.
However, his next campaign at Anfield was to prove Benitez's last, after the Reds suffered elimination in the group stages of the Champions League and finished seventh in the Premier League. The Spaniard left "by mutual consent."
Ngog, on the other hand, lasted another season at Liverpool but was then sold to Bolton, where Owen Coyle had brought him to the Reebok Stadium. But more disaster was to follow as Coyle's side were relegated from the Premier League, with the Frenchman contributing just three goals in 33 league games.
The following campaign, Ngog offered an improved return of eight goals in 31 league games - but it was not enough to save Coyle's job, who was sacked at Bolton after a poor run in the Championship.
Most recently, Ngog joined the Swans only this January. And yet, after just one substitute appearance, the 24-year-old's manager has been sacked yet again. The unfortunate record seems to be following him around like a bad smell.
Should Laudrup have been given more time at Swansea?
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