An out-of-work manager I know insists he’ll judge any future offers on the owner rather than the club. “Choose your chairman,” is his sound and well-intentioned advice to newcomers to the job.
Which begs the question: who would choose Massimo Cellino, the madcap president of Leeds United? Well, Uwe Rosler for one, and many others.
The reality is that there are loads of jobless managers and Leeds is a club of considerable appeal in size even if the owner is hardly its best advert.
So it is that Rosler, still rated highly for his impact at Brentford despite his misadventure at Wigan, has been drawn to Elland Road. There would have been a sizeable queue behind him.
And that’s the way it always is these days. It’s a job, potentially a good one, and you can’t be too proud. If you don’t take it somebody else will.
Look who’s out there, only some of the names... Gus Poyet, Nigel Adkins, Mark Warburton, Darren Ferguson, Nigel Worthington, Ian Holloway, Gary Megson, Roy Keane... and sackings will swell that number soon enough.
Oh yes, better add Neil Redfearn to that list.