Whatever his view of Aston Villa before he signed in the summer, Jordan Ayew could not have imagined it would be this tough.
The manager who signed him, Tim Sherwood, was fired in late October, and they head into the Boxing Day fixtures five points clear at the bottom of the Premier League table.
He said: "Everywhere I succeeded, except in Marseille. I do not regret [leaving], because I am a believer in fate.
"Today, I am happy. What happened at Marseille is over. I do not think I'm a bad boy and I have good qualities.
"In England I arrived, and nobody knew me. It was better to me like that, my whole family is happy."
Ayew's brother is playing in the Premier League too, for Swansea City, who have also fired their manager this season, dispensing of Garry Monk last week, and yet to appoint a replacement.
Villa's situation is the type in which other players with less motivation may cut and run, but he appears happy off the field and this can only bode well on it.
He scored at the weekend in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle, and will be hoping to take that form into the crucial festive fixtures.
The 24-year-old has four league goals so far from 10 starts, and three appearances as a substitute.