Whether Sam Allardyce likes it or not (he doesn't) the former West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers boss is absolutely ideal for keeping clubs afloat. If you want a manager to keep your side safe, Big Sam is always the perfect man. Anything more and he simply can't hack it.
Silly season hasn't quite kicked off yet in the Premier League but it soon will. And Aston Villa may be the ideal club for Allardyce if Tim Sherwood doesn't last the course at Villa Park.
Indeed, 'Tactics Tim,' as the Aston Villa head coach has been sarcastically dubbed by many fans, has endured a nightmare start to the league campaign and many supporters are already losing faith in his increasingly erratic decision making. Who better to succeed the gung-ho, relatively inexperienced manager than a safe pair of hands who's been around for years?
For Sunderland, things are even more pressing as the Black Cats sit 19th and current boss Dick Advocaat is refusing to say whether he will remain in charge at the Stadium of Light heading into his side's next game.
If Advocaat does end up leaving, Sunderland are another perfect fit for Big Sam. There have been suggestions Allardyce wouldn't want to work under their current setup in the transfer market but that wouldn't be a problem until (and it would only affect) January.
In terms of getting the most out of a struggling squad, few can match Allardyce, while there are some players he would really like at Sunderland... Lee Cattermole, John O'Shea etc.
Things aren't too desperate just yet at West Brom and the Midlands outfit should really stick with Tony Pulis when things get tough. That's partly because Pulis is very similar to Allardyce in that he will usually get the job done when it comes to top-flight safety.
But, if things were to go wrong under Pulis, the 60-year-old would again be a good replacement. West Brom find themselves one place (four points) above the relegation zone at this early stage and fans are become increasingly concerned by their manager's increasingly negative tactics.
Allardyce is also a fairly negative manager but he can get his sides scoring goals. If the Baggies did need a rescue mission, Big Sam could do a job.