It's hard to see an old friend suffer, especially one you shared good times with.
Which is why, as much as it is refreshing for an Everton fan to find my club above Manchester United this season, it pains me to see David Moyes in the predicament he finds himself in.
A cardinal sin of sports journalism is to reveal one's sporting affiliation - lest you be accused of not being objective. But I'll declare that I am a life-long supporter of Everton football club - only because it is relevant to this column.
Relevant because David William Moyes is a man I have known since 2002; made it possible for me to watch Everton in an FA Cup final in 2009, who, in 2005, brought the Toffees back to Europe for the first time in a decade.
It is relevant because despite the gratitude I have for him, I am lobbying for him to get the boot.
It is not without a heavy heart that I hope the United board act on their instincts and wield the axe. But the severing of ties, is the only humane end to this situation of a man clearly out of his depth at managing a big club.
I resisted expressing my concerns when he was first appointed successor to Alex Ferguson last May. He had big shoes to fill, and I had my doubts.
Even when he strangely decided not to inherit any of Ferguson's famed backroom staff - some of whom helped mastermind 38 trophy wins, including 13 Premier League and two Uefa Champions League titles - and bring the entire Everton management team, I held back from predicting a torrid time ahead for Moyes.