Nottingham Forest fired manager Dougie Freedman over the weekend, and one player in particular will be cursing his luck.
Federico Macheda signed on loan with the club just two days ahead of Freedman's sacking, with the manager speaking positively about his addition.
Freedman told the Nottingham Post: "We need to get him on the right path. With Nelson we have done that and Macheda is another who perhaps falls into that category. It is a deal that suited us and it is good that he is somebody who does come here with something to prove."
Now Macheda will be undertaking that path without Freedman's guidance, and hoping he still figures in the plans of interim boss Paul Williams.
The dismissal echoes Macheda's Cardiff City experience, signed by former Manchester United under-21 coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was later sacked and replaced with Russell Slade, who did not pick him to start a single game in the Championship this year.
He has suffered misfortune during previous loan spells, with injury curtailing his appearances for QPR and Doncaster Rovers while still contracted to Manchester United.
It is up to Macheda to show Forest's coaching staff he is worthy of selection, but this could be another disappointing blow for a youngster once touted as the great hope of Italian football.