David O'Leary is hoping that the future of Aston Villa can be resolved by the time he and his first-team squad report back for pre-season training in July.
O'Leary is constantly having to field questions over which direction Villa are heading amid speculation for the past six months regarding a possible takeover.
The Villa manager has tried to concentrate purely on playing matters but has admitted he would like to bring in three new players this summer - plus James Milner, who is on loan from Newcastle United.
Given the apparent tightening of the purse strings by Doug Ellis, the chairman, that would appear to mean new blood and significant investment is needed if O'Leary is to be able to add to the crop of home-grown talent starting to break into the first team squad.
O'Leary, whose side visit Everton today, said: "There's been all the negative uncertainty around which I ve been trying to keep out of the place. To kick on what we need, we haven't got at the club and that is no disrespect to anyone.
"Like the fans and everyone else, I'm hoping something positive can happen so we can stop having to answer these questions about the future of the club.
"It would be lovely to come back in the summer and everyone s concentrating on the football - and to not get asked about the future. The longer it continues, the more the uncertainty grows.
"James Milner has come to me and said he wants to stay with us after this season - but he also wants to know what is happening with the club.
"There is that kind of thing cropping up, that constant same thing cropping up.
"That's the attitude and I keep being asked the same thing about the future. What I've been hearing since Christmas is to keep the club safe until something happens."
O'Leary is determined Villa's season will not fizzle out after their FA Cup exit at Manchester City last Tuesday and he is taking heart for the future from the young talent which has broken through.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, aged 19, could play some part at Goodison Park if Kevin Phillips fails to recover from a virus.
Villa would appear to have only respectability to play for as they are 10 points clear of the relegation zone but too far adrift to make any late surge for a European place.
O'Leary said: "The season has got nine games left. We want to drive through the 40-point barrier and then the aim after that is to drive through the 50-point barrier.
"We have been inconsistent this season but a plus has been the emergence of some of the young lads and they have not let us down.
"I am very proud of the young players, the way they have coped this season.
"Yes, there has been inconsistency with them, which you would expect, but the future of the football club with them is excellent.
"If we can marry that future with some quality we can bring in, there is a great mixture there.O
Agbonlahor, who had spells on loan at Watford and Sheffield Wednesday last season, has been in fine form for the reserves.
Olof Mellberg, the Villa captain, said: "We have to end a tough week on a high.
"It was really, really disappointing on Tuesday and you can feel that in the dressing room - but we've got to focus on Saturday now.
"Hopefully we can take some of our frustration into Saturday's game and make something positive out of it. Everton are very strong at home and it will be as hard as the Blackburn and Manchester City games.
"If we can produce a performance like we did at Blackburn, we've got a really good chance to win. I am confident we can bounce back."
Gavin McCann, the Villa midfield player, says that the team have under-achieved this season as they try and bounce back from the FA Cup defeat.
Villa are languishing in the bottom half of the Premiership largely as a result of their dreadful home form which has seen them register only four home victories.
David O'Leary's side are virtually safe from relegation but would need a super-human effort from their last nine games to climb into the top six and a Uefa Cup spot.
McCann, aged 28, who faces his former club at Goodison Park today, said: "The fans are saying the season's over - and I understand what they mean.
"We've got two derbies against West Brom and Birmingham to look forward to but it's obvious that's not good enough.
"We need to win every home game now just to make it look reasonable because our home record has been so poor.
"The first season I was here, we struggled and then we did well; the second season we were up and down which has been the same as this one really. We win one, lose one draw one.
"The place is low at the minute. As a player, I feel responsible because we're the ones who play. Some games have been flat.
"When we play badly, too many players have an off-day. It's not one or two, too many play badly and that's when we suffer and we make mistakes.