It was a throwaway line that may yet stick.
Phil Brown, the “beleaguered Hull boss” as he is known in media circles, said the term when questioned about his own future in a press conference last week.
And while there is no finite moment on the football calendar where managers begin to move jobs, it does seem that the axe falls of bosses heads happen when just the leaves begin to fall form the trees.
Enough time gone to see things work, enough time left to put it right, I guess is the thinking behind the boardroom decisions across the land. But as we enter the murky sacking season, who is at risk? And who could come out the other side?
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