Derby County just can't shake off that impression of being in turmoil behind the scenes.
Their players have only just been paid some of their December wages, a transfer embargo has scuppered January business and the much-anticipated Abu Dhabi takeover seems to have stalled.
And yet, despite all this distraction, their rookie manager Wayne Rooney is still getting results.
Derby County got a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers thanks to Colin Kazim-Richards (centre)
Wayne Rooney's men have secured their second successive Championship victory
This hard-fought win over Queens Park Rangers was the perfect follow-up to their midweek win over Bournemouth, putting vital breathing space between themselves and the Championship relegation zone.
Colin Kazim-Richards earned them another 1-0 win and a fourth clean sheet away from home in the league in five games under Rooney's sole charge.
The Rams are now five points clear of danger in 21st and though Rotherham, in 22nd, have three games in hand, Rooney confirmed he is happy to have the points on the board.
If they can throw off the ballast of these off-field troubles, with Sheikh Khaled's takeover of the club seemingly no closer to coming to fruition than it was a month ago, they should rise up the table quickly.
Charlie Austin (left) returned for QPR and added a fresh dimension to the home side's attack
QPR (3-5-2): Dieng; Dickie, Cameron, Barbet; Kane, Ball, Chair, Willock (Bettache 65), Hamalainen; Dykes (Bonne 73), Austin
Subs not used: Lumley (GK); Thomas, Kakay, Kelman, Adomah, Duke-McKenna
Manager: Mark Warburton
Booked: Cameron, Kane
Derby (3-4-3): Roos; Evans (Bird 45), Wisdom, Clarke; Byrne, Shinnie, Bielik, Buchanan; Jozwiak (McDonald 86), Kazim-Richards (Waghorn 79), Knight
Subs not used: Foster (GK); Forsyth, Sibley, Whittaker, Watson, Mitchell-Lawson
Manager: Wayne Rooney
Scorer: Kazim-Richards 56
Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)
Rooney wants to bring in already-identified transfer targets before the deadline and proclaimed the coming week as a 'big one for the football club' while also praising the character of his current squad.
'I'm delighted for the players, it's been a difficult couple of weeks,' he said.
'I know I'm quite demanding, I put high demands on them, the minimum I expect is them to work hard.
'The determination and desire not to concede was great.'
QPR were incensed they didn't get a second-half penalty when Kazim-Richards clearly handballed in the box from Rob Dickie's corner delivery.
It was another instance of the haves of the Premier League with their Video Assistance Referees and the have-nots of the Championship without the technology. VAR would have given a penalty.
'It's the most blatant handball decision you're going to see. The players' reaction tells you everything,' said QPR manager Mark Warburton.
'You look at the footage and I'm not sure how that's been missed.'
But Warburton admitted Rangers didn't force the issue enough on home turf and didn't carve out enough chances to justify three points, though he felt they merited one.
The decisive moment came from a Derby counter-attack 11 minutes after half-time. Graeme Shinnie - singled out for praise by Rooney - drove forward and found Kamil Jozwiak in a shooting position.
Kazim-Richards (right) missed a golden early chance when he could not get control of the ball
His low shot was pushed aside by QPR keeper Seny Dieng but straight into the path of Kazim-Richards, who tapped home his fourth of the season.
Derby keeper Kelle Roos saved at point-blank range from Charlie Austin in the first-half and then pulled off a reaction one-handed stop to keep out Yoann Barbet's overhead kick.
'The key is not to get carried away, it's two wins,' added Rooney.
'I can't thinking I'm some genius and come up with crazy tactics. But this is a great platform.'
QPR kept piling on the pressure but Derby stood firm in the final period to see them off and win