Once again, it seems Everton are likely to finish a season falling agonisingly short of Champions League and European qualification.
When the club needed investment in January to revitalise the squad and prolong their top four challenge, predictably, the board came up short, unable to add any player ready for the first-team mix.
Whether David Moyes remains as manager during the summer or not, it's unlikely he'll be handed much ammunition to close the gap on the teams above him. If he is to leave, Everton will need to find a replacement capable of producing similar on-field miracles to keep the club competitive.
It's well known that the Toffees' Chairman, Bill Kenwright, has had the club up for sale over a long period of time, but what's prevented Everton from finding that new owner and being able to kick on?
Here's a look at the main reasons that have hindered the process.