Another day, and yet more high jinks at St James' Park. Sam Allardyce is the latest to pick up his P45 and Newcastle Football Club is rapidly becoming England's answer to FC Hollywood.
He becomes the Toon's fourth managerial casualty in the last three-and-a-half years, and their seventh in the Premier League era.
But they are not the only statistics to stand out like a bare-chested Toon fan in an otherwise well-wrapped up crowd on a freezing Monday night - here are a few numbers that characterised Big Sam's reign on Tyneside.
52,387 - The approximate number of Newcastle fans at St James' Park who are disappointed to see him go.
239 - Days Allardyce spent in charge at Newcastle.
£27.2 - Amount spent on said new players.
17:15 - Time he was axed by Toon owner Mike Ashley.
15 - Back-room staff whose jobs are now also on the line.
10 - New signings Big Sam has made since last June.
9 - Number of those signings who are not holed in up rehab and who will be available to the new manager.
9 - Points won in Newcastle's last 12 games.
7 - Other Premier League managers who have lost their jobs so far this season.
5-4 - Odds on Harry Redknapp becoming next Newcastle manager.
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As a young lad, when Early Doors was tucked up in bed and wasn't having nightmares about bad people trying to jimmy the lock on the front door and break into the house, he used to dream of making it as a professional footballer.
And, as with most youngsters, those dreams used to centre on playing for one of the big clubs (that is deliberately ambiguous as we know pinning our colours to the mast is akin to committing journalistic hari kari) or leading England out at Wembley one day.
But never did we consider, not even for a moment, playing for a lesser light, a smaller club, a side that struggles to win anything at all. A Manchester City or a Newcastle, if you will.
No, for young football fans, only the best will do, and so it seems with 20-year-old Frenchman Karim Benzema, the Lyon striker who is being hunted by a number of clubs from all corners of Europe.
Now Early Doors knows that Benzema is ready made for Arsenal, and that Arsene Wenger remains most likely to pick him up, but the lad himself has already expressed an interest in moving to the Gunners' title rivals Manchester United, presumably as a less injury prone replacement for the feeble Louis Saha.
But he did not stop there. He also confided to the Gazzetta dello Sport that: "Milan make me dream."
Fine, no problems. "But I also love Juve," he added. Oh.
And apparently Milan's other bitter rivals, Internazionale. How about Bayern too Karim? "Yeah, why not," he might have replied. "May as well throw in Barca and Real whilst we're at it too."
You see, the boy wants it all, and why not? He has the world at his feet and is keeping his options open. Fair enough, but he needs to be careful about upsetting fans of another team by courting them, only to go and sign for their bitter rivals further down the line.
Or, even worse, signing for a side whose supporters may resent his previous flirtations with their enemies.
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Lovable rogue Robbie Savage has gone and done just that and will soon find out how forgiving Derby fans can be.
Sav, one of a handful of lucky footballers whose surnames can be abbreviated to just three letters (answers on a postcard, please...), is playing with fire after signing for the Rams, despite having not only played for, but also become a terrace hero with, their bitter local rivals Leicester.
Hardly a recipe for instant bonhomie at Pride Park, especially after Sav famously won a late penalty for Leicester in a match against Derby back in 2001. Then, his celebrations were over the top to say the least, especially considering the spot kick had yet to be taken when he nearly caused a riot.
Not that Sav is bothered. Apparently, he has been through too much over the past year to worry about the small matter of being abused by 30,000 of his own fans at his new home.
"If I do, I do, if I don't, I don't," he said, rather pragmatically. Not sure about you, but Early Doors - having itself known the struggles of trying to win over new fans - is confident that is not the way to go.
Nonetheless, Sav's clearly got enough about him to win over even the most sceptical of fans. Early Doors prediction for the end of next season - Derby to get promoted back into the Premier League with Sav voted as player of the season.
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HEADLINE OF THE DAY: 'Ash and 'Arry - The Daily Mirror predicts the next partnership to fail on Tyneside.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Obviously it looks like Derby will be playing Championship football next year but there's a way of going down and that will really help us as we regroup for next season wherever we are." That man Robbie Savage again. Call him what you want, he at least he is honest.
QUOTE OF THE DAY TWO: "We saw in the first week that the meals were not right. It was mostly English food and it wasn't healthy. We needed to change the diet because food is very important, it is the fuel for the players. To eat healthy means there is no fried food, fatty food, no sauce on the dishes. Now there are salads and fruit, while fish and meat is grilled rather than fried." Spurs fitness coach Marcos Alvarez is not endearing himself to Tom Huddlestone.
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