There will be fresh calls for Manchester City to rid themselves of manager Mark Hughes following the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham, but calls for Sparky's head are premature.
The two sides walked out on to the White Hart Lane turf last night to the theme music from The Phantom Menace, and there is a similarity between them and the second Star Wars trilogy.
Like Lucas's latter day prequels the two clubs are big, brash and expensively-assembled but markedly fail to emulate the glory of their late '70s/early '80s predecessors.
It may have been only City's second defeat of the season, but it was the limp manner in which they surrendered to their fellow top four pretenders that will rankle with the club's fans.
City's recent run is one if those that is a real test of whether your glass is half-full or half-empty. They either lost their first league game in 11 matches, or they have only won one of their last 10.
Some of Hughes's signings may be questionable but there is little doubt that, had Wayne Bridge or Joleon Lescott been fit, either player would have made a better fist of defending against Aaron Lennon than Sylvinho.
The Brazilian may once have tormented Premier League full-backs himself when he lined up alongside Gilles Grimandi and Oleg Luzhny for Arsenal a decade ago, but the 35-year-old was made to look like an old man by Lennon.
But, no matter how much money a club has, is it really worth their while having more than two specialist left-backs in your squad? In truth, Sylvinho may have been signed from Barcelona as much for what he brought to the training ground as on to the field, which under better circumstances would have been seen as a shrewd move from Hughes.
Sylvinho wasn't helped on the left by his compatriot Robinho, who may as well have been in Barcelona last night for all the use he was at White Hart Lane. His storming off down the tunnel after being substituted for Roque Santa Cruz - a touchline high-five worth £50m - is indicative of the unique problem that Hughes has to deal with at City.
The heightened expectation caused by the bottomless pot of cash that was not there 18 months ago has interfered with Hughes developing his side in a more conventional manner.
His current crop of stars, except for Robinho, have all arrived at Eastlands within this calendar year. As a case in point, Hughes's top performers this season, Shay Given and Craig Bellamy, both arrived in January.
If Sheikh Mansour lets Sparky at the end of the season go (and surely not before) for failing to finish fourth, then his successor will inherit a quality squad that has had at least a year to gel.
They are still the bookies' favourites to finish fourth, and home games against Sunderland and Stoke and a trip to Wolves over Christmas should lead them into the transfer window on a high.
City need continuity as they head into a January spending spree that will define their season, especially with the paucity of top managers currently available.
Hughes may ultimately not be Mr Right in City's brave new world, but he is their Mr Right Now.
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STATS OF THE DAY: Take your pick from those incurred by the cybernetic organism that is Graham Alexander. The Burnley skipper scored his 100th league goal last night in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, his spot-kick against the Gunners was his 19th successful one in a row, and the 38-year-old has started every league game this season and missed just 46 minutes of the campaign.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think the Premier League has a basic promise to organise the fixtures in a normal way. The guy who organised the fixtures this season must have come out of a special school, because he is more intelligent than I am!" - Arsene Wenger may have been in England for a long time, but he can be forgiven for not understanding the connotations of the phrase 'special school' when he complained about the pile-up of Christmas fixtures.
FOREIGN VIEW: Barcelona forward Pedro completed the remarkable feat of scoring in all six competitions the Catalan giants have played in this season when he hit the net in their 3-1 win over Atlante at the Club World Cup.
The 22-year-old Spaniard bagged Barcelona's final goal against the Mexican side at Zayed Sports City, pouncing on an angled through ball from Andres Iniesta to sidefoot home in the 67th minute.
Pedro had already scored in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the Spanish and European Super Cups.
COMING UP: The long and winding road that is the Europa League group stage draws to an end tonight. We'll have live commentary of Rapid Vienna v Celtic at 18:00 and Everton v BATE Borisov at 20:05 this evening.