Every so often there’s a managerial appointment that catches you completely off guard.
We’re talking shock moves here; from Marcelo Bielsa rocking up at Leeds, to Gary Neville starting and then swiftly ending his coaching career at Valencia.
Speaking of Neville, his club Salford City are currently on the quest to find a new manager, and the latest name to be linked with the League Two outfit - in the betting - is none other than Sam Allardyce.
With all the early chatter pinpointed on the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Warren Joyce, it's Big Sam who has suddenly cropped up in the market at 8/1; which makes him the fourth favourite for a vacancy that opened up on Monday following the sacking of Graham Alexander.
First of all, at this early stage this latest development has to be taken lightly. Manager markets are famously chaotic and often mind-boggling in the first few days of an opening, with bookmakers responding to the - often whacky - requests of punters.
In this sort of market it therefore doesn’t take a whole lot to generate a change in a manager’s odds.
But still, Allardyce’s appearance in the betting certainly sparks a conversation.
The 65-year-old has been out of work since Everton opted not to retain his services back in the summer of 2018; instead opting for Marco Silva.
As you’d expect, Allardyce has since featured in a whole host of manager markets, but as of yet he’s not been lured back into the arena for one last roll of the dice.
In a recent article we spoke about how Roy Keane could potentially be attracted to the Salford City project. The club has cash to splash, is co-owned by the Class of 92, and has the ambitious target of shooting up the ladder into the Premier League.
Allardyce has actually managed in the fourth-tier before with Notts County during the 1997/98 campaign. The season before he had suffered the only relegation of his career at the club, who dropped into the bottom division under his watch.
“For all managers when their team has got relegated, even though it might not have totally been your fault the season before, and you might not have had time to get them right, you might find it difficult,” he told the Nottingham Post in 2018.
Allardyce remained at the helm and then proceeded to propel his troops to the fourth-tier title, which they won by a whopping 17 point margin.
He would go on to manage Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace, and most recently Everton, while he’s previously been in charge of Blackpool and Limerick, where he started his managerial career.
Could permanent post number 12 be around the corner? Probably not, but it would be great to see.