Paulo Di Canio's arrival at the Stadium of Light did not sit well with Sunderland fans when he was appointed manager last March.
No top-flight experience, alleged links with fascism and dodgy political beliefs; it's not hard to see why he wasn't a natural choice to replace Martin O'Neill.
The Italian's arrival on Wearside prompted an immediate resignation of former Labour MP and the side's then-vice chairman David Miliband.
But the Black Cats backed their new manager, who released this statement on the club's official website.
Fast forward five months and Di Canio is still manager at Sunderland. He kept them in the Premier League last season and will be tasked with doing the same this term, his first full campaign at the club.
So far, Di Canio has taken one point from a possible six in 2013/14 and, by his own admission, the "crows" are already circling.
But maybe, just maybe the team's fans should keep faith with their manager.
Over the next few slides we look at six reasons why Sunderland should give Di Canio a chance to turn around the club's fortunes.