Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly on borrowed time at Tottenham and risks tarnishing his image due to their stuttering start. Having reached the Champions League final last season and finished fourth in the Premier League to qualify for the competition once again, hopes were high that Spurs might be able to push on and challenge for honours.
However, the north Londoners sit sixth in the top-flight standings and are already 10 points behind table-topping Liverpool after just seven games.
Add to that an embarrassing 7-2 loss a home to Bayern Munich in Europe on Tuesday and the vultures may be circling for the Argentine tactician.
His overall record at Spurs is good with a win rate percentage of 54.9 while he made his name by doing well with an average Southampton team for 18 months.
The 47-year-old has been linked with a move to Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane is jettisoned but Bernabeu bosses will have sat up and taken note of his side’s limp display in going down heavily to the Bavarians.
It is certainly not all doom and gloom in Europe as the Premier League side are just two points behind Red Star Belgrade and face the Serbians home and away in their next two European fixtures, but things will be tough if they do not get the right results in those games.
The fallout from the Bayern humbling continues and the manager’s words that his side “dominated the game in the first 30 minutes” and were “unlucky” to concede at the end of a first half smack of a man clutching at straws.
There are clearly problems at the club, with many pundits alluding to the fact it does not look a happy camp and the only thing that will turn it around is winning matches.
Pochettino has been roundly praised for the job he has done at Spurs and is rated as one of the top coaches in the European game.
The last thing he will want is to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under a cloud with the club out of the Champions League and outside the top six domestically.
The South American has continually brushed off the pressure and trotted out the traditional line that everyone must work harder to achieve their aims.
However there is only so much the fans will take and before Daniel Levy has a decision to make.
All managers move on at some stage and the way that Pochettino reacts to adversity may well determine the size and status of the club he manages next.