Aston Villa's players will report back for pre-season training on Monday with the club in just as confused a state as when they went away in May.
Villa chairman Doug Ellis still has his most precious possession up for sale, without any discernible sign of there being a genuine buyer. And, as far as matters on the playing side are concerned, the future looks as muddied as ever.
Manager David O'Leary was told when he went away on his summer break that he would have to sell before he could buy. And, so far, despite a glut of rumours linking Olof Mellberg, Juan Pablo Angel, Mark Delaney, Lee Hendrie with any number of potential destinations, Villa had not received one concrete offer.
Confirmation of SV Hamburg's interest in Milan Baros earlier this week, however, may prove the catalyst to a busier July and August.
The Czech international striker's move to Germany is still a long way short of being finalised. But, if O'Leary can get his hands on a significant proportion of the expected £7 million fee - and Ellis has always maintained that this will be the case - then it will not have proved to be a wasted summer.
For the moment, the only two certainties are that Baros and Mellberg, Villa's two World Cup players, will not be there when the players report back on Monday, having been given extended leave.
But the main surprise is some of the players who will be there. Mathieu Berson, for instance, who appeared certain to complete his move to Auxerre after starring on loan there last season. And Eric Djemba-Djemba, who O'Leary was confident would be offloaded on the cheap this summer.
One thing that will help encourage players to come to the club in the future is the redevelopment of their Bodymoor Heath training ground. And Villa have been quick to put right recent rumours suggesting that work on the project has been stopped.
A club official confirmed that, although there will be a short delay over the next few weeks, it is only because of problems with the foundations caused by the severity of the wet weather England suffered in May and that is nothing to do with lack of funds.