Nottingham Forest sacked Sabri Lamouchi and appointed Chris Hughton in the space of half-an-hour on Tuesday evening, just hours after Gerhard Struber left fellow Championship side Barnsley.
Forest announced that Lamouchi had been sacked at 6.15pm - courtesy of the briefest of club statements - then just as supporters were digesting the news, Forest’s twitter account revealed that Hughton had arrived in the other direction, at 6.45pm.
However, perhaps the swiftness of the sack-and-appoint process didn’t come as a surprise to too many supporters, as the club did the same thing when they axed Martin O’Neill and appointed Lamouchi in 2019 - with all of 18 minutes between both pieces of information.
It’s now been a staggering 21 years since Forest were last in the Premier League - last century in fact - with a whole host of managers coming in-and-out of the doors in that time. The club even sank down to League One for a few years, but have remained cemented in the Championship since 2008.
So, Hughton has become the latest in a long list of managers who have bid to change the narrative and propel Forest back into the big time.
In fairness, his CV suggests he is in a prime position to bring success to a club so starved of joy since the days of Brian Clough.
In his first job in management, Hughton led Newcastle to the Championship title, before going on to manage Norwich in the top-flight.
He later made history at Brighton when he became the club’s first ever boss to win promotion into the Premier League, while he’s also had a spell at Birmingham, during which he oversaw their Europa League campaign and guided them into the play-offs.
The 61-year-old is now priced at 14/1 to lead Forest to promotion this season.
Former Brighton boss Chris Hughton is after his third promotion