Was O'Neill ever coming? We will probably never know now, but somebody clearly thought he was and, by trying to jump the gun, blew off a toe or two when landing on the trigger. Of course, the bullet still hit poor Avram so now we have the worst of all worlds, sticking, it seems for the time being at least, with a lame duck manager.
My position on Grant has been consistent throughout. I am neither for the man, nor against. I believe he needs time to sort out the mess Zola left behind and, in the light of all the injuries, I don't think he has done badly so far despite our league position. We are on the doorstep of Wembley and that hasn't happened too many times in the club's history.
But tell me, who will join us now? If you are Keane, do you want to sign for a manager who may not be there next week? If you are Jol or Allardyce, do you want to replace Grant as the obvious second choice, knowing just how appallingly you will be treated as soon as anything goes wrong?
I predicted that O'Neill wouldn't be able to work with Sullivan and Gold for very long but even I didn't expect the divorce before the engagement party! As cock ups go, this one is huge and somebody needs to be held accountable. But given either Sullivan or Brady are probably to blame for going semi public too early, the likelihood of anybody being brought to book for this mess is very remote indeed.
So Grant is still our manager and all those celebrating his dismissal have to pack away their party hats, for the time being at least. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Grant now led us to victory in the League Cup and to Premiership survival?