The writing was on the wall for Gus Poyet at Sunderland for a while, it seems. Only four league wins this season, not great going forward, and just the one point above the relegation zone, there had to be some sort of action taken at the Stadium of Light - and with a derby game against Newcastle United not so far away, the chances are they will get their (seemingly) obligatory win over their fierce rivals in a few weeks time that will end up being a big step towards safety.
But for his first season at the club, Poyet can hold his head up high. He was taking on a side that was crying out for someone to almost unite the side after the brief spell of Paulo Di Canio - while taking Sunderland to a cup final after claiming the scalps of Chelsea and Manchester United along the way is no mean feat. He even had the better of Manchester City for an hour until a stunning Yaya Toure strike changed the course of proceedings at Wembley last season.
Then there was the relegation scrap, beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Man United at Old Trafford, a Vito Mannone error costing them victory at the Etihad Stadium, Poyet seemed to be able to get his side to lift for the bigger sides.
But something just seemed to change this season. By the time his tenure at the Stadium of Light came to a close, there was almost a resignation, it seemed - as if he didn't want to be there beyond this season.
As an opposition fan, whenever I saw Sunderland play, if the game wasn't too great [probably because all threat was nullified by Sunderland] I'd watch Poyet on the sideline. What you saw was a man beaming with passion, enthusiasm and fire in the belly, but all of that seemed to be extinguished by the time his side was 4-0 down to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Evidently Poyet has his qualities. He manages to thwart the top sides and his team seemed to always give their opponents a decent game, even when not at their best, but the lack of adaptation for certain players is a worry - though one questions whether the signings brought into the Stadium of Light had his blessing - though some players from the previous season no longer at the club was something the Uruguayan perhaps didn't adapt well enough to.
He's a man that clearly knows the game well, and has some good footballing ideas, but it seems as if he needs to rediscover some kind of spark before he returns to the management/Head Coach spotlight.