We finish up with two managers who have little to be judged on in their roles so far but face a magnificent battle to keep them nonetheless. First off, we head to Germany and the Bundesliga.
The mighty Ralf Rangnick brought Hoffenheim up from relative mediocrity to continent-wide fame with his exploits as manager of Hoffenheim. Since his departure just two years ago on New Year's Day of 2011, the club have fallen from grace somewhat and have barrelled through four coaches.
Marco Kurz became the fifth coach in two years just three weeks ago, having taken over after a poor spell under Markus Babbel and then Frank Kramer (caretaker boss).
After finishing seventh in their first season back in the top flight, Hoffenheim have managed successive 11th place finishes. But this season, they are currently 16th—in the relegation play-off spot.
Babbel was sacked in December. Hoffenheim turned to Kurz to save them, perhaps a decision tinged with an amount of fatalism and acceptance.
Kurz was in charge of Kaiserslautern last season. He left with them at the bottom of the table, a position they were unable to change, and they were relegated. Kurz had won just three of the 26 league games of the season he was manager for.
Now Hoffenheim expect him to turn around their fortunes and lead them to safety if nothing more for this season, which seems to be an optimistic expectation. Hoffenheim were four points behind Wolfsburg in 15th when Babbel was sacked; since then, the team have lost two further games and now trail safety by seven points.
Kurz has not yet had any league games in charge because of the winter break. But with Moenchengladbach (8th), Frankfurt (4th) and Freiburg (5th) as his first three games, he needs to hit the ground running to give his team a chance of surviving.
And, perhaps, himself a chance of staying in the job beyond the end of the season.