Warnock at Wednesday - don't make me laugh
Like Arsene Wenger taking over at Tottenham or Sir Alex Ferguson moving to Manchester City, the prospect of Neil Warnock becoming the next manager of Sheffield Wednesday is as absurd as it is unlikely.
Warnock, of course, is a life-long Sheffield United supporter who enjoys nothing more than baiting the Blades' cross-city rivals.
The 61-year-old once quipped that if he was ever manager of Wednesday he would try to engineer their relegation.
"I would buy some bad players, get the sack and then retire to Cornwall," said the Sheffield-born Warnock.
The counter argument would suggest that Harry Redknapp went from Portsmouth to Southampton and back again, while George Graham took over at Tottenham having managed Arsenal earlier in his career.
In other words, logic and reason often count for little in modern football and what seems ludicrous can quickly become reality.
It could also be said that the belligerent, bellicose and fiercely competitive Warnock is exactly what the Owls need right now as they look to improve on their perilous standing of 23rd in the Championship table.
Warnock laughs after hearing he has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday
Have a look on the Wednesday 606 messageboard and you might see a surprising number of fans suggesting that even if it goes against the grain, it is an appointment that would make sense.
Wednesday, remember, are actively seeking investment and dropping into League One is most definitely not part of the plan.
Warnock, who managed the Blades from 1999 until 2007 and led them into the Premier League, is currently doing an excellent job under severe financial restraints at Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are ninth in the Championship, three points shy of the play-off zone, despite the fact that the chairman recently had to take drastic action to appease the club's major creditor and where the payment of the players' wages has been delayed for the second month in a row.
With so many problems at Selhurst Park it might not be a bad time for Warnock to seek employment elsewhere.
A man who has had more spats, rows and personal feuds than just about anyone in football, certainly fanned the flames when he told the Daily Mail: "Would me taking over at Wednesday be a possibility? Of course it's a possibility, why not?
"A job's a job and if you need a job you need a job."
That said, it is not going to happen.
I spoke to one former Wednesday manager on Tuesday morning. He thought the whole story was one big wind-up by the mischievous Warnock.
I also spoke to a source close to Owls chairman Lee Strafford who told me the Wednesday chief had no intention of appointing Warnock.
Incidentally, he was apparently equally perplexed by rumours on Monday linking Alan Shearer with the vacancy.
It is also extremely unlikely that Warnock would take the role even if it was offered to him.
He is close friends with Palace chairman Simon Jordan and suggested when he arrived at the south London club in October 2007 that it would be his final managerial role before retirement.
What is for certain is that there is an increasing sense of urgency at Hillsborough.
When Brian Laws was dismissed on 13 December, the club were prepared to take their time to ensure they found the right man.
With academy boss Sean McAuley in temporary charge, the key men at Wednesday felt the search for a new boss could take place alongside negotiations with potential new investors.
It all went a touch quiet on the investment front over Christmas, but it is thought that now that we are into the new year further negotiations are planned with one particularly interested party.
On the pitch, Wednesday have lost two and drawn one since Laws left - and the feeling now is that the Owls need an external shock, someone to come in and shake things up before the situation becomes critical.
The attendance of 8,690 for the third-round tie against Palace on Saturday tells you exactly what the supporters make of the attraction of watching their club at the moment.
Incidentally, Palace beat Wednesday 2-1 - a game which must have made for delicious viewing for Warnock as he watched from the touchlines.
Just don't expect to see him in the home dugout at Hillsborough anytime soon.