The news that Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the West Ham job should come as no surprise to anyone connected with the club - the Hammers are an unmitigated disaster.
Mouthy meddling owners, fisticuffs at an end-of-season dinner and, of course, relegation to the Championship all far outweigh the potential of what could prove a white elephant stadium in trendy East London.
Fan message boards are breathing collective sighs of relief that McClaren is out of the running, with some rejecting the idea of Sam Allardyce taking over because he doesn't keep with the 'style' of the club.
Come on, who are you kidding? McClaren took a relegation-threatened Middlesbrough side to League Cup glory and a European final, while Big Sam has effectively turned excrement into mid-table safety with every club he's had - and given time he made Bolton top-six challengers.
Both men struggled when not allowed to have full control of the teams they were managing, an issue with national teams and self-proclaimed 'big' clubs with motives and perception issues wider than the remit of creating stability.
As England manager McClaren was limited by being able to only select English players and the baggage that comes with them, while at Wolfsburg he had to deal with a board acquisition strategy that did not match his coaching style, which suits a mixture of honest grafters and young talents. At Boro and Twente he was a huge success, in anyone's book.
Big Sam, meanwhile, incurred the wrath of a Newcastle fanbase who would mostly now admit they were in the wrong, distracted by Mike Ashley's ego-driven demands and by their own sense of grandeur.
West Ham would be lucky to have either and, frankly, half the names thrown into the hat would do well to steer clear of the club.
I mean why bother? The two Davids and their trusty steed Karren Brady had a decent reputation from their time at Birmingham but it seems their emotional attachment to the Hammers has clouded their judgement, as is often the way in football.
One moment they want an appointment as soon as possible, then suddenly there is no rush. Their statements are often contradictory, demotivating and apparently made without planning or thought.
The Martin O'Neill debacle has been pointed out as a turning point but the very appointment of Avram Grant in the first place was a poor decision, as was that to fire Gianfranco Zola.
Aside from being a Nice Guy (TM), the Italian was developing a reputation as one of the best young coaches in the business, whose crime was to have a slightly shaky season with a squad of no-hopers, youth-team products and Scott Parker.
He also had to deal with the interfering Sullivan and Gold making bids for players behind his back and announcing the usual 'motivational' nonsense about everyone being crap and how they wished the players shared their passion as fans, I'm a cockney wideboy, chim-chimmeny-cheroo, blah blah, ad nauseam.
My how Hammers fans would take that now - to finish five points above the drop zone with a promising manager, top-class assistant in Steve Clarke and a nice new stadium in the pipeline.
Now they could well be in the same division as Leyton Orient come 2012, which - if it comes to pass - would be an irony Barry Hearn will have great delight in announcing at every available opportunity.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If you asked the fans which they would rather have, the Carling Cup after so long without a trophy or the Premier League, they'd probably be split. But staying in the Premier League is so important to every team that's here at the minute" - Ben Foster of Birmingham mulls whether it was all worth it.
FOREIGN VIEW: Manchester United may be advised to steer clear of Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who 'did a Sergio Ramos' and dropped the Dutch league trophy from their open-top bus following the last-day triumph over Twente. Fortunately the shield was not run over by the bus, instead landing near some fans who retrieved it, apparently undamaged.
COMING UP: Manchester City and Stoke's delayed Premier League clash takes place at 7.45pm tonight, as does the second Championship play-off semi-final second leg with Cardiff City eyeing an all-Welsh final against Swansea if they can get past Reading. Otherwise Desmond Kane has his say on the maelstrom that is Scottish football, while the Armchair Pundit weighs in with his tuppence worth.