Ipswich Town are destined for a relegation scrap this season, currently sitting rock-bottom of the Championship table, four points behind second-bottom Bolton Wanderers and seven from safety.
They were handed a boost on Friday, however, when it was revealed that manager Paul Lambert planned to stay at the club even if they are relegated.
He signed a three-year deal at Portman Road back in October but there remained doubts as to whether that included a relegation release clause or not.
Lambert took over as manager of the East Anglian side after summer appointment Paul Hurst was sacked having won just once in his opening 14 matches for the club.
The former Aston Villa and Stoke City boss has not fared much better, winning twice in 13, but an impressive win against Rotherham United last weekend has given hope of a revival.
So, how big a boost is this for the Tractor Boys?
“This is perfect news for Ipswich fans.
“Even if they do go down this year, I truly believe Lambert has the experience and qualities as a manager to take them straight back up to League One.
“Of course, the season isn’t over yet, and they have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.”
“Lambert has had ample time to save them and yet he’s pledging his future after failing to arrest the slide.
“I’m not convinced about him at all.
“If they go down they may as well have stuck with Hurst.
“At least he’s got teams to the top of their division in recent years.”
This is good news but it seems an odd time to reveal it.
Ipswich fans are far from giving up on survival this season so it seems strange for the manager to start talking about relegation already.
It will be good news if they go down, but it just seems strange.