After the good ship Costa Warnockia was steered too close to the rocks and holed fatally beneath the water line, news is coming in that sister ship the Costa MarkHughesia has suffered a fire in the engine room and is drifting helplessly without power.
Despite an expensive refit and repeated assurances from the owner of the fleet, Tony Fernandes, that there really is nothing to worry about, it seems that without outside assistance, in the form of rivals electing to scuttle themselves, the MarkHughesia seems destined for exactly the same fate as the Warnockia - except the new commander is more prone to jumping ship - witness Blackburn and Fulham - than his predecessor!
Currently drifting in the doldrums, the worry must be what will happen when the seas get choppy. If the MarkHughesia can't make headway in the gentle waters of Wolves, Blackburn and Fulham, what's going to happen when it hits the storms of Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham?
One is reminded at this point of the story of Jonah. Sometimes, when you have something truly evil stowed below decks, you have to chuck it overboard or God will give you no respite. Nobody forced QPR to board Barton and some might say they are now getting their just deserts for doing so!