Is Newcastle United's management structure now out of fashion?
So then, is it now official that directors of football in the Premier League are out of fashion?
How much can you read into Harry Redknapp's arrival at Tottenham Hotspur?
An appointment that was quickly followed by the exit of sporting director Damien Comolli and then the revelation that a traditional management structure is now the way forward.
Where does that leave us?
Certainly it doesn't leave Newcastle United's current structure looking good, especially with the club in disarray.
And even more so given that the most traditional manager of them all in Kevin Keegan, who was of course heavily influenced by figures like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Arthur Cox, was forced out by a system that has always caused havoc at football clubs in the UK.
On a video clip below we see Big Ron Atkinson waxing lyrical about only one man being in charge (before reminding us that he's still a half decent singer as well).
In theory, a director of football is a great idea.
Somebody in a "hands off" role jets around the world to unearth young overseas talent that will save Newcastle millions of pounds in the long run.
But it becomes a problem when the director of football steps on the toes of the manager, ie the gaffer, the big chief or in some cases the guv'nor, and then thrusts players he doesn't want into the path of the man in charge.
And worse still it becomes a huge issue when the manager can't hand pick the players he feels he needs to improve the side and the persuade them that Newcastle United can still be the place to be.
Players of the future are vital in football.
But on Tyneside at the moment, it's the senior players at Joe Kinnear's disposal that are the biggest cause for concern at the moment.
Newcastle are heading for relegation as it stands.
It can't get much clearer with six points in the bag and the fact that Spurs have just appointed a manager that is capable of guiding his new side to safety.
A rethink is needed and if nobody is coming in to buy Newcastle, then perhaps it's time for the black and whites to go back to letting the manager do his stuff.
Keegan seems unlikely to come back so if Mike Ashley is going to stay then perhaps January is the time to back Joe Kinnear with a bit of cash and improve the squad.
A statement of intent is needed, whether that be short-term or long-term but something needs to happen quickly.
Or we could all be counting the cost of life in the Championship sooner rather than later.