This time last week it had seemed Derek McInnes' appointment at Rangers was inevitable despite the Glasgow club's initial approach being turned down by Aberdeen.
Rangers were then stunned by the McInnes' decision to stay put, and released a statement which veered towards being bizarre, confusing fans by talking about the 'concomitant risk' required by any potential manager.
The report states: "McInnes delivered Rangers a crushing blow by deciding to pull out of a move to the club he supported as a boy – leaving Dave King and co raging."
McInnes was a boyhood Rangers fans and former player of the club, but he felt the timing was not right for him, and the Light Blues had contributed to that by letting the situation drag out for weeks after Pedro Caixinha was dismissed.
It is now seven weeks since Rangers fired Caixinha, and the club are back at square one.
Rangers had clearly felt like there was progress with McInnes, but it was always going to be hard to poach a rival boss mid-season, and they are paying the price for not having a plan B.
The Pedro Caixinha disaster appears to have scared them off taking a gamble on an unknown boss, but there are plenty of managers with experience in British football looking for jobs, including ex-Rangers managers like Alex McLeish.