They met on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday 13 May – three days later, they were both out of a job.
West Ham United defeated Everton 3-1 but their victorious boss – and former Blues chief – David Moyes was dismissed hours after the Goodison club dispensed with the services of former England manager Sam Allardyce.
Both men had been in the job for around six months and both had come under scrutiny despite fulfilling the objectives of their initial mid-season employment terms – to keep their respective sides in the most lucrative football league in world football, the Premier League.
Negative football, negative team selection and a propensity to alienated their respective fan bases are factors that link both reigns – and already successors appear to have been lined up.
As Goalazo has already noted, Marco Silva looks likely to head to Everton.
For West Ham, despite the cynical view of a section of their beleaguered support, that ‘convenient speculation’ with big names will get fans onside there does appear to be some truth in rumours that highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca has been in discussion.
Others linked include ex-Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Rafael Benitez, currently considering his future after a season in which he steered Newcastle United into mid-table despite being given little support to strengthen his newly-promoted side.