Mauricio Pellegrino has a long way to go before he can match the exploits of predecessors Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino and even the largely unpopular Claude Puel at St Marys.
As it stands, Southampton are a respectable ninth but the dour performances that characterised the end of Puel’s reign have not yet been replaced with the kind of high-octane attacking football that made the South Coast club a real neutral's favourite during the eras of Koeman or Pochettino.
Yet, while the jury remains out on Pellegrino so far, his replacement at La Liga club Alaves could only dream of being mired in mid-table mediocrity.
Alaves have taken a leaf out of Palace’s book by losing each of their four league games in 2017/18 – without scoring a single goal. And a 3-0 home thumping by Villarreal was the final straw for manager Luis Zubeldia, just three months after he replaced Pellegrino at the helm.
Now, it is easy to draw brutal conclusions about the 36-year-old’s managerial ability as he becomes the first manager to be sacked in La Liga this season. However, Alaves’ dreadful start should only reinforce just what a superb job Pellegrino did at the Mendizorrotza.
In their first ever season in Spain’s top flight, the Basque minnows exceeded even the most optimistic expectations to finish in ninth place, securing a famous win at the Camp Nou to boot.
Pellegrino also guided Alaves to the Copa Del Rey final where only an irresistible blitz from Barcelona on the stroke of half-time separated the two evenly-matched sides. The former Liverpool coach got the best out of a squad of limited journeyman to guide Alaves to the best season in their history.
Southampton fans, therefore, should keep the faith. As Alaves will tell you, it could be worse.