After last season's struggles, the future suddenly looks bright for Manchester City fans.
Sven-Goran Eriksson has stepped into the manager's hotseat and is busily spending his £50m transfer kitty on an eclectic mix of players.
More than 25,000 season tickets have already been sold and fans are even talking about the possibility of challenging for a European place.
There is one main reason for the upturn in mood at the club - Thaksin Shinawatra.
And it is little surprise that City fans are hailing him as their messiah.
But others are not quite so enthusiastic about the former Thai Prime Minister joining the elite group of Premier League owners.
The world's two biggest human rights organisations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have serious reservations about Thaksin being allowed to buy into the Premiership.
Indeed, Human Rights Watch has written to the Premier League questioning why Thaksin was able to pass its fit and proper person test before buying the club.
"This is not somebody who should be mixing in the polite company of the Premier League - he is a human rights abuser of the worst kind," Brad Adams, the group's Asian director, told BBC Sport.
"It's up to the Premier League to decide whether they want to be full of human rights abusers or a club of decent people."
Amnesty International's spokesperson told BBC Sport: "Our view is very clear about the kinds of human rights violations Thaksin has presided over.
"If the FA want to take any of that into account when making their decisions, we're happy to make our documents available to them."
Thaksin also faces a corruption trial in Thailand on 14 August, concerning a land purchase by his wife.
Thaksin completely refutes these allegations of corruption and human rights abuses.
His lawyer, Noppadol Pattama, told BBC Sport that the corruption charges are politically motivated and that none of the human rights allegations has ever been proven.
"Thaksin is the most popular Prime Minister ever in Thailand," he told BBC Sport.
"The civil and human rights charges against him have never been proven.
"My client deserves to be treated as an innocent man, until proven guilty. So far there hasn't been any solid evidence against him."
Yet the controversy surrounding Thaksin is unlikely to subside.
What do you think?
As a football fan, do you care about the background of your club's owner?
If you are a City fan, are you worried about these allegations against Thaksin?
What do you think of the human rights concerns and corruption charges?
Should he have been allowed to pass the Premier League's fit and proper person test and become a club owner?
Or should fans leave these concerns to the powers that be and concentrate on what happens on the pitch?