Queens Park Rangers were widely expected to run away with the Championship title at a canter last season, but Harry Redknapp's men did it the hard way, needing a 90th minute winner against Derby County to win the play-off final in May. No matter how they got there, QPR returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Yet despite signing the likes Alex McCarthy, Mauricio Isla, Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Jordon Mutch, Sandro, Leroy Fer and Eduardo Vargas this summer, QPR have struggled hugely. The R's sit bottom of the Premier League after seven games, winning just once and conceding 15 goals in the process, which gives them the second worst defence in the league.
Owner Tony Fernandes is no doubt panicking over the potential of a second relegation in three seasons from the Premier League, and former Tottenham manager Redknapp is already being linked with the Loftus Road exit if results don't improve.
Another ex-Spurs manager had been suggested as their top target in Tim Sherwood, but today it's Tony Pulis - formerly of Stoke City and Crystal Palace - who is an alleged option for QPR if they do sack Redknapp.
Pulis miraculously kept Palace in the Premier League last season despite the Eagles looking doomed upon his arrival in November, and his credentials in a relegation battle should be massively appealing to QPR.
However, the report in the Telegraph also suggests that the friendship between Pulis and Redknapp could make it difficult to strike a deal with the Welshman. Regardless, Pulis' work with Palace last season should be a huge draw for QPR in their bid to achieve Premier League survival.