The last time Sunderland started and finished a season with the same manager was when Steve Bruce was in charge in 2010-11 and although David Moyes looks like being afforded more time to turn things around than some of his predecessors, his side remain entrenched in the drop zone.
The Wearsiders are overwhelming favourites for relegation after winning only one of their last 15 league matches and failing to score a goal in 11 of the latest 13.
Crystal Palace turned to Sam Allardyce after sacking Alan Pardew and will now be super-confident the former England manager can maintain his record of never having been relegated from the top flight after keeping Sunderland up last season, with five wins out of six against Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and, remarkably, Chelsea away and 3-0 at home to Arsenal having boosted the Eagles’ cause.
In contrast, Middlesbrough have slid into the drop zone and after a run of 16 league matches without a victory, which they ended with a 1-0 win over Sunderland, they are second from bottom of the table and second favourites to go down.
Swansea City have also changed managers, in their case for the second time this season with Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley now having been replaced by Paul Clement.
The Welsh club are now third favourites to go down, back in the bottom three having lost their form again following a run of five victories in eight games, one of which was against Leicester who appear to have averted the danger of following their incredible title success by being relegated the very next season.
Hull are the fourth favourites for relegation, six points above Boro and 12 clear of Sunderland as they occupy the all-important 17th position. The Tigers sacked manager Mike Phelan only three days into 2017, replacing him in the hotseat with former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos head coach Marco Silva.
Abel Hernandez (left) of Hull City in action during a pre-season friendly match against Scunthorpe United (Getty Images)
But despite having no previous experience in English football, Silva appears to have generated some improvement in the Hull team and their greater organisation since his arrival is giving them a chance to get out of trouble.
Like Hull, Burnley returned to the top flight at the first attempt last term and are making a good job so far of ensuring 2016-17 will not be a fourth consecutive campaign when they end up heading into a different division.
Sean Dyche’s side were among the early relegation favourites but have worked their way into a reasonably comfortable 16th position purely as a result of their home form, their 10 victories at Turf Moor being more on their own pitch than any other team outside the top seven.