THERE are just 45 days left to the beginning of the new football season, but dark clouds remain over around Wrexham FC and it's Racecourse home. These clouds have lingered far too long.
With a new season approaching, surely now is the time for the future of the oldest professional club in Wales to be sorted out once and for all.
Fans were pinning their hopes on local businessmen Neville Dickens and Geoff Moss taking control of the Dragons - and the signs looked good.
The amount on offer was said to be reasonable - much more than owner Alex Hamilton paid for the club - while boss Denis Smith and the club's administrators were looking forward to a deal being quickly concluded.
But Mr Hamilton's decision to sign a "lock-out" agreement with Surrey--based businessman Andy Smith - allowing him three weeks to come up with the cash to buy the club - appears to have prolonged the agony for fans.
Wrexham's long-suffering supporters have been there before.
Earlier on in the year, Andy Smith had a bid accepted, before being forced to pull out at the last moment because he could not secure the necessary funding.
This time it will be different, he says. But as fans wait with baited breath to find out, the team manager must endure another torrid few weeks waiting to see what sort of team he can assemble for a tilt at promotion next season.
Denis Smith had been able to offer out-of-contract player's new deals in the hope that Mr Dickens and Mr Moss would soon be in control. Now Andy Smith has emerged as the front-runner, these offers will have to be put on the backburner until the prospective new owner gives his approval.
This appears to be yet another hammer-blow to Denis Smith, the playing staff and the fans.
These are people who for far too long have put up with grim tidings - administration and relegation in quick succession coupled with general uncertainty about the club's very existence. They deserve better.
If Andy Smith can get the money together quickly and fulfil his promise of working with the local community to keep the club at the Racecourse, then all well and good. Now is the time to put up or shut up.
But what if he can't get the money in time? Then, surely, for the sake of the club and its fans Mr Hamilton should let his interests pass to Mr Dickens and Mr Moss.
Wrexham FC could then hopefully gain the stability it so badly needs.