In the millionaire lottery of Premier-ship survival, Bryan Robson admits that his 'phone-a-friend' calls to Steve Bruce have slowed to a trickle.
Robson and Bruce's friendship dates back to their playing days together at Old Trafford and have been a shoulder to cry on for each other when problems have arisen during their managerial career.
With both managers now based in the West Midlands at West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City respectively, they still swap notes and indulge in fairly regular social outings with their partners in tow.
However, the odds are shortening by the week on one of the two managing a Championship side next season, as the relegation battle begins in earnest.
Their friendship is strong enough to survive the embarrassment of finding the black mark of relegation on their CV, but Robson is acutely aware that the heat is rising at the foot of the Premiership.
Albion are six points ahead of Blues, with both sides facing must-win fixtures this weekend against Middlesbrough and Sunderland respectively.
However, Robson admits the regular phone calls to one of his best friends in football have become less frequent over the past month.
"The calls to Steve have eased off, as we don't know what to say to each other now," laughed Robson.
"Instead of saying 'all the best on Saturday' at the end of the conversation there is a long pause.
"In all seriousness, if you look at the table and you look at the squads of players, then Saturday's game is massive.
"If we win and Portsmouth lose at Chelsea then I think it's going to knock Port-smouth's confidence so much, as they will be 11 points behind with 11 games to play.
"From that scenario, Sunderland and Portsmouth will really struggle to get out of it.
"You look at the relegation zone and see that there is us, Birmingham, Middlesbrough and probably Villa still in it."
All of which makes a positive result against Middlesbrough on Sunday of paramount importance.
There can be no excuses for a sub-standard Albion performance, as they are suitably refreshed following their sunshine break in Dubai.
During the Baggies' period of recuperation, Middlesbrough will have crammed in four gruelling fixtures, which Robson believes will give his men an advantage.
While Boro have reeled off three consecutive wins, including inflicting Chelsea's heaviest ever defeat under Jose Mourinho, they face a tough Uefa Cup-tie against Stuttgart tomorrow before their trip to The Hawthorns.
"Middlesbrough have had a good run, which will help their confidence but, they will have played four more games than us by the time we meet," added Robson.
"You hope that's an advantage for us, as the lads should be really fresh and flying going into our game.
"All I will be saying to our lads is that you are no different to them regarding pressure, so there are no excuses on that side. They are in the same situation as us."
Robson welcomed back Kanu and Diomansy Kamara to the training ground after their African Cup of Nations exploits for Nigeria and Senegal respectively.
With Thomas Gaardsoe fully recovered from his hernia operation and Paul Robinson back from suspension, Robson's squad has a healthy glow about it.
Steve Watson is still a doubt for Sunday with a niggling pelvic injury, but the long overdue return of Hungary international Zoltan Gera this week has also bought a smile to the face of Robson.
"Zoltan joined in with the first team squad for training on Monday," said Robson.
"Obviously his fitness is well down because he has been off for so many weeks. We are going to have to monitor not only his injury, but also his fitness as well.
"I am hopeful that within the next couple of weeks he will be fully fit.
"It would be a huge bonus as Zoltan has been missed this season. He was excellent on the right-hand side for us last term."