So we got to Christmas without a P Lge manager getting the sack. Quite right too, although I doubt this trend will go on for very much longer.
Sadly, I'm fairly certain that we'll see the first change in early January, probably around the time either Leicester or Burnley - maybe QPR, Hull or West Brom - go out the the FA Cup in the 3rd round!
It's about that time that owners and chairman start to panic, with less than half the season left and the thought of the big bucks slipping away.
I've looked at the numbers and it seems there is no magic formula to staying up. It's about 50-50 when it comes to making a change and surviving, or hanging in with your original choice and hoping that the stability keeps you afloat.
My preferred choice would be making it 'illegal' to change at any stage during a season. Why not? It would remove all the pointless speculation about who goes and when. And perhaps owners and chairman would have to think more carefully when making appointments.
I believe it would also be much fairer to the likes of, say Nigel Pearson and Sean Dyche. They couldn't be punished mid-season for their own success.
Think about it. What right have Burnley really got to be in the P Lge. You could fit the population of the town comfortably into Old Trafford. So what a fantastic achievement it was that they even made it last season.
Budgets are tight and its very obvious that Dyche isn't going to be able to spend either on wages or players. He's just got to give it his best shot with what he's got. To some degree the same goes for Pearson. Neither club is going to stare into the financial abyss just to stay in the league. If either, or both stay up, Pearson and/or Dyche should be Manager of the Year. Neither should be concerned about whether they'll have a job next week.
If either does get the sack I'm certain there's one or two at the top end of the Championship would rather miss out this season - and maybe next - to ensure they stay in a job! An exaggerated view of matters I know, but surely you can see where I'm coming from?
Why is Steve Bruce under pressure. What a fantastic job he's done at Hull. I know they've spent more than the other two, but the principle is the same. Bruce did brilliantly to even get them into the P Lge.
It's not Alan Irvine's fault that West Brom won't spend, nor that his chairman has a history of being trigger happy. Give the guy a chance. Irvine I knew as a player at Everton years ago. He's a good man and if you talk to people who've worked with him they'll tell you he's a very good Coach.
'Arry did his job last season. He got QPR back up so now back him. If it doesn't work out come the end of the season, ok, change it. But not before.
You can go all the way up to Brendan Rodgers. How ridiculous that he finds himself under pressure a matter of months after he came as close as anybody at Anfield, for a quarter of a century, to winning the title.
I remember a time at Coventry mid-way thro another anxious P Lge season. Poor Gordon Strachan didn't know which way to turn and, of course, there were the inevitable calls for him to go. At the time he said 'I feel like I'm in a car on the edge of a cliff. I don't know whether to put my foot on the accelerator or the brake'. His chairman was Bryan Richardson whose response was 'well I wish he'd make up his mind. I'm in the car next to him'. Gordon stayed and Coventry stayed up. What terrific supportive words from Bryan. Why can't there be more like him?