If Massimo Cellino loses his appeal - then Steve Evans may have stability recent Leeds United managers have dreamed of.
The effects of last week's 'Mad Monday' at Leeds United are still being felt at the club, with the players adjusting to life under the management of Steve Evans.
The former Rotherham boss has started solidly enough, with two draws - yet this was how Uwe Rosler's reign as Leeds head coach also began in August.
You would have struggled to find a single Leeds fan ahead of last week who would have selected Evans as their choice of boss, although his straight talking and passion for the game has begun to win supporters round.
That can only last so far if results do not follow, yet with Massimo Cellino suspended by the Football League, Evans could have the most secure position of any Leeds boss under his tenure.
Cellino is appealing his suspension, but if successful he will not possess the authority to fire a head coach.
The Italian will not be permitted to yield any influence on proceedings at the club, but without him there is a vaccuum of authority.
Former chairman Andrew Umbers, who stepped in for Cellino last season, has left the club, reported the Yorkshire Evening Post at the weekend, while director Adam Pearson quit his role last month.
Sporting director Nicola Salerno left the club in the summer, with the role now replaced by a head of player recruitment; unlikely to be the type of figure to wield the axe on a head coach.
Cellino could try and find a way to exert influence to dismiss Evans through somebody else, but if he wanted to, his suspension makes squishing this particular watermelon a lot harder than previously.
Like him or not, Leeds could be stuck with Evans, yet the Scotsman will be all too aware of this, and the stability could finally work in the club's favour.