Dundee United manager Jim Goodwin would love the opportunity to extend his stay at Tannadice despite a fourth consecutive defeat leaving them staring into the abyss.
A 3-0 home defeat by Kilmarnock means United need a football miracle to avoid dropping back to the cinch Championship.
To get off the bottom of the Premiership, United will have to beat in-form Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday and hope Kilmarnock beat Ross County, while recouping an eight-goal deficit on the Staggies in the process.
Given their continued concession of sloppy goals, an ongoing injury problem for Steven Fletcher and their limp display against Killie, such an outcome is highly unlikely.
Goodwin had temporarily rejuvenated United after taking over on March 1 and they won three games in a row before the split, but their fortunes have plummeted again.
American owner Mark Ogren flew in for Wednesday’s game and he now has some major decisions to make.
Goodwin’s future is among them with the Irishman’s short-term contract soon to expire.
“For me I’d love the opportunity to sort things out here because this is a really good club, a big club with fantastic ambitions,” the former Alloa, St Mirren and Aberdeen manager said.
“We know where the issues are, where they have been and what we have to strengthen.
“So let’s see what the future holds.
“The chairman is here, I am really disappointed for him – he’s invested heavily in the club and nobody can argue with the financial investment he’s made.
“There hasn’t been enough payback on the park for what he’s put in.
“I will sit down with him and we’ll have a chat to see what the future holds for me and for Dundee United.
“I have loved my time here, it might sound ridiculous saying it, but the people here have been different class.
“So many good things are happening off the park but unfortunately things on the pitch, where it matters most, it hasn’t shown that and as a group it hasn’t been good enough.”