Steve Evans' position as Leeds United head coach has been under threat since day one, it seems, but after steadying the ship at Elland Road could the Scot be better off without them?
12 wins and 10 draws from 32 matches - Evans hasn't done a bad job really, given the circumstances. Having picked them up in 18th last October, the Scot has led Leeds to 11th place - one below where they would be had the season started upon his arrival . After two promotions apiece at Crawley and Rotherham, plus last season's preserving of the Millers' Championship status, Evans has further enhanced his CV at Elland Road - adding to it big-club experience.
Evans told BBC Radio Leeds this week, as he has done previously, that there are other options should his Leeds spell come to an end. He's 9/2 for the Nottingham Forest job - though it could be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire. If Massimo Cellino dithers for a few weeks after the season has finished, as he did with Neil Redfearn a year ago, then Forest - and potentially a few others - could have already made alternative arrangements.
The latest multi-million-pound rated Thorp Arch graduate finds himself in the same situation as the last - out of contract in a year's time and catching the eye of higher-division clubs. As well as being stripped of arguably his best player, Evans has seen precious little of the proceeds from Sam Byram's reported £3.7 million transfer to West Had. Until Cellino is gone, this will almost certainly continue to happen and would hamper the 53-year-old's plans of building for the future.