Funding and ambition equal expectation. And we all know what expectation means for managers.
So it would be pointless to argue that Carlos Carvalhal is not under some pressure to deliver in this, his second season at Sheffield Wednesday.
But it would be even more ridiculous, in my opinion, to even think of calling for a change at this early stage and I’m convinced most supporters are of similar mind. It’s not entirely about results.
This coach has developed an affinity with fans with a positive approach and style of football that will rightly, in this column’s view, afford him an even break after providing a few lifetime highlights in the case of younger supporters.
Carvalhal is also very much Dejphon Chansiri’s man and the Owls owner has shown that he commits himself to courses of action, not that he can’t be ruthless if necessary as with the disbandment of the ill-conceived transfer committee.
That said, Carvalhal has team issues to address following shock defeats to Burton and Leeds. He appears to have a surfeit of midfielders after the signings of David Jones and Almen Abdi, whose inclusion, for all his talent, seems to have unbalanced the side.
The back line, where Sam Hutchinson has found a new home in the face of injuries, is still looking thin.
Would Hutchinson be better employed back as a midfield enforcer?
And is the off-key Ross Wallace enough of a threat on his own in wide positions where a lack of pace and thrust has yet to be addressed?Also, can the side win enough games without an inspirational contribution from Fernando Forestieri?
Hopefully his relationship with coach and team-mates will be seen to be fully restored.
No great reason to suggest not in either case but the season needs to be put back on course quite quickly.
You can only conclude, after the way he negotiated a difficult patch last season, that Carvalhal is the man – and has most of the right players – do do that.