A gaggle of chirpy chimney sweeps have been spotted cavorting around Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium as news broke of Aitor Karanka’s sacking.
One of the chimney sweeps, apparently their leader, is reported to have cut short his one-man-band routine to warn of “winds to the east” and “a mist coming in”.
The incident has fuelled speculation that Steve McClaren is on his way down from the clouds clutching a brolly.
Shouting exclusively at Football Burp, a nutty old crank on a rooftop expressed concern at McClaren’s potential arrival while loading his cannon.
He bellowed: “Storms are up at the Riverside! Bit of heavy weather brewing there!
“Yes he won Boro the League Cup and led them to a European final, but for crying out loud, the man’s been sacked twice by Derby County.
“They should take on Alan Pardew for a few months, enjoy his good spell then sack him before the inevitable protracted downturn.
“Right, where was I? Oh yeah.”
He added: “FIRE!”