As more and more reports emerge that Steve McClaren will not take over at Newcastle United, the odds of West Ham United-linked David Moyes taking over at the Tyneside club next season have shortened, with a report in the Daily Mirror also pointing in that direction.
Here are three reasons the move makes sense...
Building from the back
Firstly, the Scot is far more suited to a side whose immediate priority is to sort themselves out, stabilise and stay up.
Moyes is an expert in defensive, counter-attacking football - something West Ham fans do not want after years of the Sam Allardyce era. But that's exactly what Newcastle, absolutely woeful defensively, need.
Moyes would build from the back and has experience of taking a club higher and higher in the Premier League from his days at Everton - with simple, back-to-basics football.
Premier League experience
That top-flight experience will be vital at St James' Park. John Carver has no know-how as a manager and look how he has floundered. Moyes spent years at Everton and, while he simply failed at Manchester United, the Newcastle hierarchy clearly aren't being ambitious enough to challenge for the top four, six or even eight right now. For where they are - and taking them gradually further without spending huge amounts - the Scot is perfect. Even if that's a truth that won't please fans.
The McClaren at Derby County saga has derailed a promising Championship campaign. At the same time, it has done the Magpies no favours through their temporary appointment of Carver.
There is, quite simply, too much fuss surrounding the former England boss. Moyes, however, is reported by the Daily Mirror to want a Premier League return - with minimal opposition from a club in Real Sociedad who won't stand in his way.
For Moyes' reputation, meanwhile, a good job at Newcastle would work wonders after his ill-fated United spell. Beating Barcelona at Sociedad is a wonderful one-off memory - but what else has he done there? A mid-table finish with the Magpies - during their current struggles - would be far more of an achievement. And it would be even more of an achievement than doing so at West Ham.
But none of the above will mean anything, of course, if Newcastle go down. Will Moyes want to take over a Championship side? And will he be able to take them straight back up if so? Needless to say, the club's next three games are vital.