Aston Villa fans can often seem quite miserable and it's hard to blame them, but one does still seem to have retained a twinkle of optimism.
Six-year old Villa supporter Jude Branson wrote to the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and asked him to quit Stamford Bridge to take on the vacant job with the Birmingham club. As if that wasn't enough, he also requested that Mourinho brought Diego Costa with him.
Branson wrote: "Dear Mr Mourinho, My name is Jude. I am six years old and I support Aston Villa. You are my favourite manager. Please could you manage Villa and bring Costa with you? We need help. Thank you, Jude Branson."
Sadly it looks as if Mourinho will be staying at Chelsea and Villa will end up with some deadbeat like Tim Sherwood, but the Portuguese coach nevertheless proved he has a heart of gold by sending him a signed photo.