Crystal Palace have parted company with Neil Warnock and are in the market for a new manager.
Once the Eagles took the decision to head in a different direction, a few familiar faces were offered up as possible options to fill the coaching void.
Tony Pulis walked away in unusual circumstances over the summer, with the former Stoke City boss quitting his role at Selhurst Park before a Premier League ball was kicked in anger in 2014/15.
With it still unclear as to why he walked, he was quickly installed as an early frontrunner to return for a second spell.
Tim Sherwood, who was relieved of his duties at Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, was considered to be a more likely contender, but even he has now slipped down the pecking order.
Bookmakers have seen a flurry of activity, with one man attracting most of the money.
Alan Pardew has strong ties to Palace, having spent four years with the club during his playing days.
He has now been backed into odds-on with Sky Bet to head back to the London-based outfit, with his price cut from 20/1 to 4/7.
Best365 and Bet Victor also have Pardew as the market leader at 6/4 and 7/4 respectively.
It is, however, important to note that he already has a job, and one he has worked extremely hard to keep.
Pardew has not always been flavour of the month at Newcastle United, but he has spent four years in charge of the Magpies and it would be surprising to see him leave the fanatical surroundings of the North East to take charge at a club languishing inside the Premier League relegation zone heading into Sunday’s fixtures.