Dundee United manager Jim Goodwin would have welcomed the opportunity to extend his stay at Tannadis despite a fourth straight loss that left them staring into the abyss.
A 3-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock means United need a football miracle to keep them from reclaiming the league title.
To get out of the bottom of the Premier League, United will have to beat a fit Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday and hope Kilmarnock beat Ross County while making up the eight-goal gap to the Staggies.
Considering they continue to concede sloppy goals, Steven Fletcher’s ongoing injury problem and their lackluster performance against Killie, this outcome is highly unlikely.
Goodwin temporarily rejuvenated United after taking over on 1 March, and before the split they had won three games in a row, but their fortunes plummeted again.
US owner Mark Ogren flew in for Wednesday’s game and now has some big decisions to make.
Among them is Goodwin’s future as the Irishman’s short-term contract expires soon.
“I’d love the opportunity to sort things out here because it’s a really good club, a big club with fantastic ambitions,” said the former Alloa, St Mirren and Aberdeen manager.
“We know where the problems are, where they have been and what we need to strengthen.
“So let’s see what the future holds for us.
“The chairman is here, I am very disappointed for him – he has invested a lot in the club, and no one can argue with the financial investments that he has made.
“The park didn’t have enough return on what he invested.
“I will sit down with him and we will talk to see what the future holds for me and Dundee United.
“I liked spending time here, it may sound funny, but the people here were of a different class.
“There are so many good things going on outside the park, but unfortunately on the field where it matters most, the team didn’t show it and as a group they weren’t good enough.”