When Alan Pardew won last month's Manager of the Month award, his critics were far from silenced.
The Newcastle United boss infamously won the same award for November last season before his side's campaign took a turn for the worse.
And could history be repeating itself this time around?
How quickly things change in football - and, with Newcastle, those extremities are magnified, as the Magpies are either winning game after game or failing to pick up points time after time.
A look at Newcastle's last five games in all competitions shows you Pardew's men have won just one of them. That win, however, came against previously unbeaten Chelsea. You just don't know what you're going to get...
Before last night's 4-0 pummeling at Tottenham, many fans had placed the Capital One Cup clash above Sunday's Premier League fixture against Sunderland in terms of importance. Well, now that that opportunity has slipped away, Pardew's side simply have to win the Tyne-Wear derby.
If not, the pressure will be back on the 53-year-old before he can spell Sunderland. Not from the club in terms of his job security - but from the St James' Park faithful once more.
Looking at the league table, Newcastle should in theory beat Sunderland. But, if they don't, no one needs telling more than Pardew how quickly things can turn against you.