A sensational story from the Premiership this evening, as news broke that Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes, and Big Phil Scolari of Chelsea, both of whom have made a right hash of easy positions, are to swap jobs.
Hughes took over at Eastlands in the summer, and recently received the boost of having an Arab billionaire's cash in his back pocket. Despite this, Hughes has been unable to inspire his troops, and today's 3-0 home reverse against Notts Forest appears to have been the final nail in his coffin.
Scolari arrived at Stamford Bridge 1 July, but since then his team has won only four out of ten league games at home, and crashed out of the Carling Cup at the hands of Burnley. Today, it was League One side Southend United who held the Blues 1-1 in their 3rd round FA Cuptie.
Both managers are hated at their respective clubs, and were known to be keen for a move. Nobody could have guessed, however, that they would be involved in this kind of deal.
Hughes, once a player at Stamford Bridge, will renew old acquaintances, whilst the crowd at Eastlands will finally get the coach they wanted back in the summer.
The moves will happen immediately, both managers having cleared out their desks after their FA Cup failures this afternoon.