Tim Sherwood was given his first head coaching role at Tottenham, and despite promise, it did not even last 12 months.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy decided to opt for Mauricio Pochettino instead, discarding Sherwood, who took over after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.
In addition to time, the one thing Sherwood was not given at Tottenham was funds. He was not backed during the January transfer window while he was in charge, and he was moved on as the summer window approached.
Now Aston Villa boss, this summer Sherwood has been entrusted to spend - and in the process he has been showing Tottenham chairman Levy and anyone who doubted him, that he can use the funds at his disposal wisely.
Villa were badly hit during the transfer window by losses of key players Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, but they retain the look of a club on the up, largely thanks to some impressive buys.
The best has to be Adama Traore, signed from Barcelona for less than £10 million. Traore was highly rated in Spain and it was surprising the La Liga giants allowed him to leave permanently. The winger can be a real impact player for the club not just this season but in years to come.
Full-back Jordan Amavi already looks like an astute buy, while the best is yet to come from Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout.
Tiago Ilori on loan from Liverpool with an option to buy could work out to be a very good deal, while Joleon Lescott may well prove to be an upgrade on Ron Vlaar's last season at the club.
The signs are there that Villa can have a successful season based on their transfer business - and perhaps the smartest decision of them all, despite temptation, was to not push through a deal for Emmanuel Adebayor.