David Moyes' future appears to remain unclear. Despite claiming Ellis Short wants him to stay, the Sunderland manager continuing in his post appears to rest on receiving some of the owner's now infamous 'assurances' around the budget he will be afforded to rebuild a failed Premier League side into one capable of promotion from the Championship.
If David Moyes stays on, what chance we aren't in more of the same as demonstrated this season? But his reaffirmed commitment to the three years remaining of his contract may indicate he is assured there is a plan from above to rebuild Sunderland. If David Moyes walks, there may be some relief, but a sense of foreboding that the Scot has seen enough to suggest the club is beyond repair. A dilemma indeed.
Not many Sunderland fans would consider that David Moyes has done a good job this season. Even with the plethora of issues he inherited, the former Everton boss has managed to add his own unique layer of crud on top of everything else at the club.
But someone will have to rebuild an entirely new squad ready for the new season and expedite a team of overpaid first teamers for something which resembles a reasonable income. Perhaps it may as well be someone with his experience.
The optimum point at which to sack Moyes from his job at the Stadium of Light passed months hence as yesterday's opponents Swansea City look like reaping the benefits of jettisoning a manager at the right time whilst Sunderland disappeared down the plug hole weeks ago.
But Moyes has suggested he is awaiting further talks with Ellis Short before deciding what to do about his own future, and a shroud of dread has descended across Wearside. Hopes of a quick start to the rebuilding job will fade if the Scot-at-the-helm decides supporter anger towards his significant role in relegation cannot be overcome and the hunt for a new sucker for the hot seat has to start.
Not for the first time, Sunderland's future lies in the hands of the American who bought the club in 2009. And with his track record, literally anything could happen now.
If David Moyes does deign us with a commitment to his future services, it surely at least indicates that the manager who has built a career on blame-shifting, and presenting everything negative to befall him as beyond his control, has been assured that Short will give him a chunk of cash and has come up with a recovery plan.
If Moyes walks away, that will be a clear indication that once again the Sunderland owner hasn't a clue what to do next and will bumble through the summer hoping for the best in the belief that his long-awaited change in football fortune will one day descend upon him. It will also suggests there will be no money made available to launch a promotion campaign and that having assessed what he believes he needs, the current manager has concluded he won't get it.
And if Moyes can see that he's getting no cash and leaves, what chance does the next man have?
You just know that if David Moyes - a politically savvy individual with a perpetual eye on his own interests - walks away, Short will hire the next dope he can persuade to take the helm without changing his modus-operandi for bobbing about making a mess.
With a bit of luck the billionaire financier will have received an offer he can't refuse by now and will walk away from the club in the coming weeks. Rarely in the world of football has a man managed to break so much of everything he touched. There are other examples of cock-up owners of course, but Short is right up there with the Randy Lerner's of this world if just below the Venky's in the what-were-you-thinking stakes.
Nope, David Moyes staying on in the Sunderland job scares me somewhat. But then David Moyes leaving the Sunderland job scares me even more. What a state to be in.