No job in football embodies the phrase "poisoned chalice" more than the Chelsea hot seat which has seen eight occupants since 2003.
The trigger-happy Russian billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, has shown considerable impatience with his managers hardly giving them any time to establish themselves.
Andre Villas-Boas' spell in charge at Stamford Bridge was littered with bad results and poor performances but no manager should have to be constantly looking over their shoulder for the dreaded sacking.
AVB showed inexperience in the way he handled delicate issues but he did take steps towards moving the club in the right direction with his phasing out of the older players and his willingness to employ youth.
Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season but it seems likely that Abramovich will want a more experienced figure in charge of the club and Di Matteo lacks pedigree at the highest level.
Whoever takes charge in the summer has an extensive job on their hands if they want to rebuild Chelsea into a side capable of challenging for honours on the domestic and continental scene.
Here are 10 potential candidates to take charge at SW6 in the summer.