Aston Villa fan and Post reporter Neil Connor hopes that recent events at Villa Park could bring in a bright new future. But he fears the club will probably be here again in another few years unless there are some major changes.
You can't blame Villa boss Doug Ellis for remaining on holiday during David O'Leary's exit.
The 82-year-old must be so used to swinging the axe on managers, he could have probably engineered the exit of the Irishman as he was busy building sand castles and naming them after himself while he was on a sunny beach.
It seems that every three or four years, a managerial merry-go-round - roughly divided into six stages - takes the same course.
Stage 1: New manager comes in, new players bought and a half decent finish in the league.
Stage 2: Calls from the manager for more investment to strengthen the squad to build on achievements.
Stage 3: No investment - or relatively very little - given, so manager forced to sell as injuries take their toll on Villa's already depleted squad. Stage 4: Villa slip down the league, manager blames lack of funds and fans calls for the manager to go.
Stage 5: Long meetings at Villa Park between directors (concerned that an exiting manager might spill the beans) and manager (who wants a hefty pay-off to guarantee his silence). Manager leaves by 'mutual consent'.
Stage 6: New manager comes in, fans rally round, and ... we're back to stage one.
The only two constants in this process are that Doug Ellis remains and Lee Hendrie develops into a more alarming shade of orange.
It is quite clear to most fans that something has to give or else potential managers who possess the talent required to bring glory back to Villa Park will never want to come.
Alan Curbishley and Martin O'Neill must have unplugged the phone and bolted to Siberia for their holidays to avoid the dreaded call from Doug.
At Villa, the force of expectation will put added pressure on either man, who would not want to endanger tarnishing their impressive track records.
And as for O'Leary, it seems like his old saying that he is working with "an honest bunch of lads" cost him his job.
It seemed they were too honest when they were finally called into the headmaster's office. When the choice comes between loyalty to your line manager, or to the man in the big chair who pays the wages, there is only one winner.
So whatever the detail of Villa's statement announcing the "amicable parting of the ways", Ellis smelled a rat as to the involvement of his manager in last week's players' revolt.
O'Leary's pay off has been estimated to be anything up to £1.25 million. Many have speculated that it could be much lower, but this is a man who stunned the football world when he secured a £3.8 million package from his former employers at cash-stricken Leeds United after an 11-month fight.
So who suffers most among all this? Answer: the fans.
And while claret and blue communities from Sutton Coldfield to Stourbridge understandably turn their backs on season tickets, the club falls deeper into the mire of financial insecurity.
The sense of crisis will also ensure that fans who usually buy match-day tickets stay away again next season, as the atmosphere that once made Villa Park a cauldron of passion evaporates to the point where you can hear the man in the next stand opening a packet of crisps. These are some of the things that 'Dead-ly' Doug should be thinking about on his way back to Birmingham from his holiday.
Nobody doubts that he is claret and blue through and through, but if he is still there at the start of the season, he should look around Villa Park and understand that it is the fans who are the one real immovable spirit behind the club's long, proud history - not the chairman.
The manager has walked away with a large sum of cash, and the players are on millionaire wages anyway.
Doug will feel insulted, and possibly embarrassed, but it is the club and the fans who have suffered the most.
Mr Ellis should know what to do, as he has been here so many times before.
But he will probably remain in charge of Villa for as long as he can, and the club will be in exactly the same position in another three years' time.