Former Fulham and Brentford manager Micky Adams looks set for a comeback – at the Football League's bottom side.
Adams has been offered an advisory role at Port Vale, where he was manager twice before, but is unlikely to make a return to the dugout.
The Valiants are currently propping up League Two with just one win all season, and last week sacked manager Michael Brown.
Adams could be forgiven for thinking he had walked under a few ladders or crossed the paths of a few black cats during his time in West London.
Taking over a Fulham side sitting 91 in the Football League from Ian Branfoot in 1996, he steered the club clear of relegation before leading them to promotion the following season.
However, following Mohamed Al-Fayed's takeover of Fulham, he was sacked a few months after that promotion in favour of the higher profile Kevin Keegan.
At the time, he said: “I have to say that it was probably the right decision because look where they are now. All Mr Fayed has to say is 'there's my record'. At the time getting rid of me was a harsh decision. A director at the club told me I was going to be the Alex Ferguson of Fulham. I signed a five-year contract... and four months later I was sacked.”
He soon landed a job at Brentford, via a short stay with Swansea, but lightning was to strike twice at Griffin Park.
Taking over a side which has been stripped of its best players that summer, with a squad lacking in quality which Eddie May had failed to turn around, Adams injected some life back into a Brentford team hurtling towards relegation.
Despite the Bees going down on the last day of the season, it was widely acknowledged that Adams had done a decent job with the tools at his disposal.
That wasn't enough to save his skin, however, when another supposed sugar daddy zoned in on West London, with Ron Noades installing himself as manager after buying the club.
Despite those early setbacks, Adams went to carve out a successful management career with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Brighton, Leicester, Coventry and Sheffield United.
His last job in England, however, saw Adams fail to keep Tranmere in the Football League. He has since been manager of Sligo Rovers in Ireland, but quit this summer to set up his own football consultancy business.
“I see managers on TV looking tired, and then they get the sack, and three weeks later they look 10 years younger,” Adams this week told the Daily Mail while looking back on his career.
“They're striving. I see in first-time managers how badly they want it. If they fail at the first attempt they're very rarely seen again. Sometimes you build that pressure in your own mind.
“I've been there. You can't sleep, you wake up, bang, and you're on it again. You're driving along, not concentrating on the roads, thinking about what you'll say and how you'll deliver it.”