Sam Allardyce was a saviour for Sunderland and papertalk today of a shock return to Wearside may have warmed the hearts of some fans.
But Big Sam, who last season turned around the fortunes of the club he once served as a player before moving on (briefly) to England, won't be back.
The Sun today broke the story that the 62-year-old was being "lined up" by a "Chinese consortium bidding to buy the club".
But David Moyes will not be leaving the club, nor it seems will owner Ellis Short.
There has been no official comment on Moyes or the rumours over a potential buy-out.
However, Sundcerland AFC's chief executive, Martin Bain, was interviewed on www.safc.com.
Was it sheer coincidence the 48-year-old turned up for a chat, a catch-up after three months in the job?
Of course not. Bain was in the chair to talk honestly to fans, speaking how the club had "probably lost its identity ... tried to be something that it's not" and how Sunderland was going "back to basics".
His appearance was proof that Short is still running the show and there was not even a whiff of a vote of confidence for Moyes, whose side is bottom of the Premier League eight games into the season.
Bain spoke about how they view the 53-year-old Scot as a "builder" - he is the man who transformed a decaying Everton into a force - adding that Sunderland was being re-built.
Short has had a finger on the trigger at the Stadium of Light during his reign. Since Roy Keane departed almost eight years ago, eight men have come and gone, with various degrees of success. Or not!
Moyes is under pressure, as all managers are, to produce results, but, there is an understanding he has been working with one hand tied his back, hindered by a colossal injury list and a late arrival which prevented an effective transfer window.
He will have time. The paint is barely dry on his car-park spot so there will be no haste to move him on and try another name.
Bain's message (in other words that of Mr Short) is one of re-building and there appears to be an acceptance that won't happen by ripping up another contract.
Moyes is here to stay and here to build.