Warren Gatland is facing the biggest crisis of his coaching career just months after leading Wales to the World Cup semi-finals.
His Chiefs side have lost an unprecedented eight matches in row down under, languishing at the bottom of the table with one fixture remaining.
They had actually won four of their six Super Rugby fixtures after Gatland finished as Wales coach to take over at the Hamilton-based team.
But they have since lost the knack of winning, with five of their defeats being by less than five points.
Gatland has come under fire in New Zealand and needs to banish the blues before taking over as Lions boss for the battle with South Africa.
But why has it gone so badly wrong for a man who had a fabulous record with Wales?
We canvassed the views of three rugby correspondents in New Zealand.
David Long (Stuff rugby writer)
"It’s been interesting how feelings about Gatland are slowly changing.
He’s been moaning about referees after the losses, which hasn’t gone down well, and he’s losing some of his shine.
There were high hopes about what he could do at the Chiefs when he arrived, but that’s gone.
It’s not really his team this year, so he can’t be criticised for that.
But, as he’s heading off to the Lions next year, there are people wondering what the team will be like in 2022.
Not many are calling for him to be sacked, but it’s certainly not the season everyone was expecting."
Nigel Yalden (commentator)
"I would love to sit here and be able to tell you exactly what’s been going wrong but I can’t put my finger on it.
There’s a fair bit going right but things have been going wrong at the most inopportune moments.
I really don’t know why, other than the attack hasn’t been as sharp as it probably could be.
I do the stats and the Chiefs have had plenty of territory and ball but they’re not doing enough with it.
They are giving themselves opportunities but they’re not converting them. Skill execution has let them down.
The team has received a lot of apologies from Bryce Lawrence, the head of New Zealand Rugby’s head of referees, on certain decisions that has gone against it.
Gatland has spoken very well all year. He’s talked about how his younger players will be learning but also the referees will be learning.
He’s also said it’s not about referees, Chiefs have let themselves down. They weren’t clinical enough against the Blues to take the referee out of the equation.
He’s in a difficult situation because he is the British and Irish Lions coach. With Steve Hansen having left New Zealand, he’s the senior coach in the world.
Chiefs are on an eight-game losing streak so it’s a tough gig but you have to remember these matches are of Test match intensity.
It’s particularly tough when you’re the Lions coach and you have the guy who is New Zealand captain Sam Cane leading your side. Expectations are high.
Chiefs’ forwards aren’t getting out-played. They have shored up their lineout, which was creaky, while their scrum has been pretty solid.
Gatland has got the core of a really good squad. People who say they should be rebuilding are, I think, way off the mark.
I’ve watched Chiefs training and the effort and the enthusiasm is there. The players are enjoying his different way of doing things with short and sharp sessions. He's building a good culture.
There are a few people who are starting to ask what the big fuss was but, for the most part, Gatland is still getting by.
There’s still a reverence for what he’s done in rugby and that he’s a good coach.
But, as he pointed out, in professional sport you are judged on wins and he’s not winning.
He’s got one more chance this season, at the Hurricanes next weekend. However, I don’t think, whatever the outcome, it will have any bearing on his future."
Michael Pulman (RugbyPass)
"Nobody is questioning that Gatland is a fantastic coach, nobody is questioning the clear and obvious fact the Chiefs have been on the wrong end of some dubious calls by the referees in Super Rugby Aotearoa, and, certainly, nobody is understating just how intense this competition is for a side that’s 0-8 against quality Kiwi franchises.
What should be questioned is how the Chiefs have opted to play their rugby this season.
Remember Colin Cooper? The knives were certainly out when he coached the Chiefs to a 0-4 start to Super Rugby in 2019.
No such treatment for Gatland, yet the record under his reign is far worse.
Does that mean Gatland should resign? No, such a statement is laughable considering his pedigree, but there is merit in exploring whether or not that coaching style fits with this Chiefs team.
Is the collective coaching style at odds with several of the key playmakers in this team? Does it truly fit Chiefs’ DNA?
Flair appears to be missing from the Chiefs game, the playing style feels more scripted when watching with the naked eye. It feels foreign from Chiefs sides of the past."