The Everton fans who frequent the Transfer Tavern in their droves have been drowning their sorrows in recent weeks/months, though have been cheered up somewhat by the news manager Roberto Martinez will have his fate sealed this week.
Somehow, the likeable Spaniard has done such an infuriating job at Goodison Park – even with a ridiculously talented squad – that the tide has turned on him and there’s a very big chance he could be axed.
As a result, the proverbial rumour mill is ready to go into overdrive.
A sensational return for former manager David Moyes has been mooted, though it is unclear just how popular a move that would prove to be with the club’s support.
Now, the Daily Mirror claim that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is a shock contender to arrive in the Spaniard’s stead over the course of the summer.
‘Sparky’ has done an excellent job in the Potteries, rebuilding his reputation in the eyes of many after a miserable time in charge of the doomed Queens Park Rangers a few years ago.
Attracting a host of stylish continental names, the former Manchester United striker has largely changed the philosophy in Staffordshire and made them a more competitive footballing outfit.
With huge investment likely to come this summer following the cash injection from Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri, it could represent another chance for Hughes to manage a club with vast resources.
The Welshman was in charge of Manchester City during their seismic takeover in 2008, before being replaced by Roberto Mancini.
As a a player, the 52-year old spent a season with the Toffees at the start of the millennium as he was drawing towards the end of his glittering career.
Has Hughes rebuilt his reputation sufficiently? Is he the right calibre of name to lead Everton forward under new investment?