As David O'Leary edges ever closer to the Villa Park exit door there is a queue of former employees expressing disbelief at the current shenanigans enveloping Birmingham's only Premiership club.
Former managers Ron Atkinson and John Gregory have put their head above the parapet to offer explanations on Villa's civil war whereas Alan McInally has called the whole sorry episode 'a circus.'
As if that wasn't bad enough, Milan Baros has come under severe criticism from former Czech international, Ivo Knoflicek, who has launched a damming indictment on his commitment to Villa.
O'Leary was reportedly interviewed by Villa's three-man inquiry team yesterday, which he described as 'cordial.'
It is becoming increasingly apparent, however that O'Leary is a man under severe pressure after the initial players' statement, which appeared to put pressure on Ellis, has rebounded against him.
All of which has left Atkinson pondering what the future holds for the current incumbent of the Villa Park hot seat.
"It's a weird and wonderful thing to be going into the season with that political background," surmised Atkinson.
"But what David O'Leary has to be sure of is that he is whiter than white and has had no part of it because, if he has, then it puts him on the back foot.
"It's a farce," he continued, referring to the incongruous state of affairs at Villa Park.
"I can't honestly believe senior players would be so petty to talk about a cup of coffee and £300 for watering pitches.
"There might be bigger issues at stake, but normally players are only interested in their own personal point of view and what their deal is with the club.
"It could be a kick up the backside, and the players need that because they have been pretty abject over the last couple of years.
"They have to start looking at themselves because there are some decent players there. They haven't performed to anything like the level they should have done.
"It's not the players' concern. They should be getting on with preparing for pre-season and give a better account of themselves next season."
Yet in a move that may surprise seasoned Villa supporters, Atkinson refrained from turning the heat on Ellis and his alleged parsimony.
"I felt if you could go to him [Ellis] with a reasonable proposition then he would listen to it, and by and large he would back you," added Atkinson.
"From what I have seen there have been absolute fortunes spent on players at Villa Park that have gone away, and there has been no money back on the empties.
"Look at some of the players who have left on free transfers after big money was spent on them, like Stan Collymore, Steve Stone, Alpay and Bosko Balaban.
"That's why Doug Ellis has dug his heels in, saying 'you've got to give me value for money'. "If it means wheeling and dealing, trading Baros, then so be it. That is what managers have to do."
Meanwhile, Gregory, who guided Villa to the FA Cup Final during his stint at Villa Park, has reiterated his belief that Ellis is at the root cause of Villa's problems.
His rhetoric towards his former employer has often been brutal since departing as manager in 2002.
"Doug has always watched the pennies," confirmed Gregory. "He prides himself on the club being run on a very secure financial footing.
"That is what made me walk away. I felt they didn't quite have that ambition to really stick their neck out and become a top-four, top-five club in the country.
"David's stock has dropped in the last 12 to 18 months in particular. Had there been a good offer for him to go to, then I think he might have jumped ship by now.
"He will continue to roll his sleeves up, but he goes into the season in a very difficult situation. The chairman has come out with a quote, stating he is quite certain who the instigator was. How he proves that, I don't know."
Just in case anyone thought the problems were confined purely to off-field activities then supporters were dealt a further blow after accusations levelled at Baros.
Photographs appeared in Czech tabloid newspapers of Baros - strongly tipped for a move to Hamburg - in exuberant mood at a friend's wedding. The fact he enjoyed himself is no cause for concern, but the comments made by Knoflicek most definitely are.
Knoflicek, who also is Baros' neighbour, could well find relationships decidedly frosty.
"Milan has a rented apartment close to me," he said. "He is at home on every Sunday whilst playing in Birmingham!
"I think he does not give everything to football; it is totally different attitude in comparison to (Pavel) Nedved or (Petr) Cech."