What will it take for Coventry City to survive?
IF you squint your eyes, tilt your head to the left a little and really concentrate, you can just about make out some light at the end of the Sky Blue tunnel.
Only a few would go as far as saying that we're dead and buried, but it's clear that for this slight glimmer of hope to be truly realised, it's going to take something special.
The situation at present doesn't seem overly disastrous, but with the teams around us hitting form coupled with our sheer inability to pick up points away from home, things have the potential to get a whole lot worse.
If all the doom and gloom is becoming just too much to handle, do not fear. Below, I have outlined three perfectly feasible scenarios that, were they to come to fruition, would see Coventry City rise from the lowly depths of the relegation zone.
1 - "Cody McDonald starts scoring...lots"
Having bagged his second of the season just the other week, who's to say that the as yet unproven frontman won't make a habit of scoring?
A talismanic striker to spearhead our survival push is exactly what we need, and with Jutkiewicz long gone it could well be time for McDonald to stand up and be counted.
2 - "Other relegation threatened teams start losing...lots"
Relying on the misfortune of others is hardly the most desirable means of securing one's Championship status, but when push comes to shove there's no time at all for sentiment.
With our home form looking steady enough to keep the points ticking over at a reasonable yet worryingly slow pace, a massive crash in the form of those around us may be all it takes to see the Sky Blues climb the table.
Wins against Milwall and Doncaster in our final home games certainly wouldn't go a miss.
3 - "A new loan signing gives the squad that special something"
Now, this one may seem a little farfetched, but you must always dare to dream. Firstly this would require the removal of that pesky transfer embargo that always seems to be lurking around a dark corner, waiting to smother us yet again.
Once that has been achieved, Sisu must give the beleaguered Andy Thorn some money to play with, which, again, may seem extremely unlikely, and that is because it is in fact extremely unlikely.
Finally, Andy Thorn must be able to identify and capture exactly the right man required to rejuvenate our embattled squad, be it a "midfield general", "no-nonsense centre half", "20-goals-a-season-man" or any other clichéd player that every team apparently needs.
So there you have it, maybe it's not so bad after all...