Enter Martin Allen stage left?
It is as if someone has doused blazing CV's in water. And now, after all the hot air of first Steve Cotterill's and then Mike Newell's 'no', Leicester City's managerial shortlist is looking distinctly charred.
Search the City fan websites and there is no obvious sense of direction.
Most posters think the safest thing is for Rob Kelly to guide the club, sink or swim, for the rest of the season.
Of the others mentioned, apart from Gudjon Thordarson of Notts county, the highly qualified former Iceland manager, it is not even certain who else might have applied.
Ian Holloway has been discussed as a possibility but who else is there?.
Cue legendary Talking Balls poster Mad Biker who mentions Martin Allen of Brentford. When MB posts a tip, people take notice but this wasn't quite a tip, just simply, 'There's still Martin Allen to consider'.
By the fans or by the Board did he mean?
Allen is a known motivator.
His team are currently third in Division One with 51 points from 29 games and Soccerbase lists his managerial record as Played 104, won 48, drew 28, lost 28. So he has collected points from 76 or his 104 games.
Other names mentioned include Phil Parkinson, currently enjoying a great run of success with Division One league leaders Colchester (P168, W74, D48, L46), Steve Tilson of second-placed Southend (P129, W59, D35,L35) and even Dave Penney of Doncaster.
With the Brighton match almost upon us, any points return would likely work in caretaker manager Rob Kelly's favour but, even so, the focus of speculation may now fall on Allen.
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