Hearts are potentially just one defeat away from propping up the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, but Jambos boss Csaba Laszlo has experienced worse at Ferencvaros. But he admitted that while that crisis was worse than his current plight at Hearts, his former club at least had players good enough to compete.
The same cannot be said about the current squad at Tynecastle.
"No, Ferencvaros was worse.
"At Ferencvaros, we had no wages, money; not only for two or three months, longer.
"You had to motivate the players without money. I think this was the very worst time.
"The difference was the quality of the players was fantastic."
But he added: "From the table situation, this is the worst I've had. We are better than this position.
"For me, it is not nice to see my team here."
Reiterating his previous stance on his future, he added: "If I have the protection, if it's possible to do what I want to be successful, I don't have any problem staying here for 10 years."
Laszlo admitted he may have to sell when the transfer window opens before he can buy.
He said: "This week, I tried again to make a suggestion and a plan for January and for the summer and I hope this will be accepted by the club."
Laszlo is also ready to scour the market for loans and free transfers and may look to Scandinavia for bargains.
"If you think globally, you have a lot of free players," he said.
"For example, you have a lot of free players in northern Europe; the leagues have ended there."