Steve McClaren has said he is confident of a return to top-flight football after a disastrous end to his reign as England manager.
He says he has taken heart from Sven-Goran Eriksson's start to life at Manchester City, and believes he is ready for his next challenge.
Yet it must not be forgotten that while Eriksson enjoyed five years at the helm of the national side, competing at three major tournaments, McClaren lasted a little over 18 months and failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
Eriksson was always likely to walk back into club management after his successes before England with clubs in Europe, but McClaren's experience is limited to five years with Middlesbrough and stints as an assistant at Derby and Manchester United.
So what next for McClaren?
Can you see a Premier League club taking a chance on a manager who has won just one trophy and who has failed with England?