Stoke City have had a miserable start to the season, with Nathan Jones’ side sitting second from bottom in the Championship and four points from safety.
Therefore, the pressure is really building on the Potters chief and the November international break could be the ideal moment to make a change.
And, if the Stoke hierarchy do that, The Sun (31 October, page 58) have claimed that former Reading boss Jose Gomes would be under consideration as a potential replacement.
The Portuguese coach has been out of work since he was sacked by the Royals earlier this month but the report states that he is open to taking another job in England if possible.
Here we look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Stoke turning to the 49-year-old…
He has been in this situation before
Gomes arrived at the Madejski Stadium last season when the side were fighting to stay in the Championship and he managed to keep them in the second-tier.
So, the challenge awaiting him at Stoke wouldn’t be anything new and he would hope to replicate what he did with the Royals by keeping the side up.
He can organise the team
Another positive is that the former Rio Ave man knows how to organise a side.
When he got Reading picking up results they were hard to beat, resilient and had a good structure to the team.
Whilst Stoke have many problems right now, the biggest is that they just can’t keep clean sheets, but Gomes could rectify that.
He didn’t exactly convince at Reading
However, there’s no point pretending that this would be a popular decision with anyone and that’s because Gomes was sacked by Reading with the side in the bottom three.
There were external factors at the club that didn’t help the boss but some will feel that there are better options out there.
There are more experienced candidates out there
As well as that, there will be some concern about Gomes suitability to English football.
He has only had the one job in England and that lasted less than a year. Given Stoke’s precarious position and how much of a disaster relegation to League One would be, they may want a safer pair of hands, with bringing back Tony Pulis an example of someone with more experience.