When Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League last season, many fans would have predicted them for an immediate return to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
But this outcome is looking more and more unlikely each week as a run of poor results have seen Gary Rowett’s side drop to 17th in the Championship table.
This poor start to the season has meant that Rowett has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks – and rightly so.
The majority of the squad that were relegated last season are still at the club for this years campaign, but Rowett is evidently struggling to get the best out of them.
Rowett will be hoping that his side can bounce back from this shocking run of results, with a positive display when his side travel to Sheffield United for a tough game against the promotion chasing Blades.
But who could potentially replace Rowett if Peter Coates decided to sack him?
Find out here….