Following relegation at the weekend, a ten point deduction for next season, a bid from bitter rivals Portsmouth to buy their stadium, and a seven day deadline in which to find a buyer or face extinction, things were looking pretty bleak for Southampton Football Club.
However, the rumour mill has it that a saviour may well be at hand, in the unlikely form of pint sized former ballet dancer Wayne Sleep, who is believed to have tabled an offer to buy the club outright.
It seems an unlikely alliance, but there are precedents, showbiz impressario Bill Kenwright at Everton, Elton John at Watford and the late Eric Morecambe at Luton Town.
Saints fans remain upbeat, remarkable considering how crap the club has become since the heady days of Mike Channon.
"We have to think positive and look on this relegation as a chance to start afresh," one told us.
As a bloke with a theodolite started charting the ground with a view to a new housing development.
More as we get it.