The pressure is seriously beginning to mount on Stoke City manager Gary Rowett after an incredibly disappointing opening half of the season.
Three wins in five had put the club in with a good chance of breaking into the top-six but they have since fallen victim to the busy festive fixture list.
Losses to Birmingham City and Bristol City and a disappointing draw with struggling Bolton Wanderers put them far behind in the top-six race.
Now, news has emerged that the Potters’ board are planning who should replace the former Derby County boss, with David Moyes and Sam Allardyce reportedly the top picks.
Rowett will most-likely get the chance to claw back some faith in the FA Cup third-round clash with Shrewsbury Town this weekend, but a loss to the League One side could well spell the end.
But if he were to go, who out of Allardyce or Moyes would make a better replacement?
I’d probably lean towards Allardyce.
Clearly, both are short-term options and whilst it may not be pretty, it makes sense because Stoke need promotion ASAP.
Allardyce is proven in the top two divisions and would turn things around.
Sorry, I’m not going to pick between those two.
If they appoint either manager then they’re not on the right track.
Allardyce would be a return to the ‘old’ Stoke, robust and hard to beat, but neither will take the club forward.
Allardyce without a doubt, he’d be a huge appointment at this level.
Stoke are in a luxurious position where they can afford this type of manager and I’m fairly sure Allardyce would get Stoke back to the top-flight in 18 months.
Moyes, I’m not so sure. His time in English football could well be done.