It was patently clear to everyone in football what Blackburn Rovers needed to do to improve their Premier League form.
A tour of India is just what every Rovers player will no doubt have considered the perfect way to fill a brief gap in the frenetic schedule at the start of October.
Manager Steve Kean, between fielding questions over fans' protests and less than complimentary speculation, already has to fly out to India regularly to 'check in with the Venky's', taking time out from arranging cones on the training field and feeding Yakubu. So why not another trip, then?
It's official: Blackburn will play FC Pune in an entirely pointless friendly on Friday, October 7 - just six days after a home clash with Manchester City, and eight days before a trip to Queens Park Rangers. Is that not ideal?
The trip has, of course, been arranged by the club's Indian owners and chicken magnates Venky's, with director Balaji Rao barely able to contain his excitement about the all-inclusive jaunt to meet with the 'fanatical' Rovers fans of the subcontinent.
"Perhaps the visit could not have been better timed," Rao said, without even a hint of irony or a flicker of a wry smile.
"The club is riding on a high after its big win over Arsenal, and the players are eager to share the glory with their Indian fans!"
The sharp-witted of readers will immediately pounce upon the fact that Rao has conveniently ignored that Rovers were beaten for a fourth time in six matches on Saturday, with a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United. But that, as the ebullient director would tell you earnestly, is beside the point.
Rovers had initially booked their trip to India for July, only for it to be promptly cancelled following the explosions in Mumbai on the 13th; just days before the club were due to fly out. More than 20 people died in the bomb blasts during the evening rush hour.
But Rao was typically emphatic in assuring his club's fans that ensuring security, and fulfilling commitments to the throngs of Rovers fans in India, come hand-in-hand.
"Security is paramount, but so is our commitment to bringing Blackburn Rovers to India," Rao said bluntly. It could hardly have been a more reassuring retort.
Blackburn will become the first Premier League side to tour India next month, but what effect will it have upon their already floundering domestic ambitions this season?
With the exception of a shock victory over Arsenal, it has been a torrid start to the campaign from Kean's side, who find themselves languishing down in 18th place with just four points on the board.
Kean's insistence that he 'enjoys the backing of the board' continues to do little to ally the unrest surrounding Ewood Park, and only highlight the assumption that he holds his job due to his relative excellence at delivering convincing Powerpoint presentations in Mumbai conference rooms.
Rovers fans find themselves constantly bewildered by the antics of their eccentric poultry-farming owners, and frustrated and underwhelmed with the bullish, if unsubstantiated, promises of their manager.
Remember, this is a partnership at the helm of a club which was apparently 'on the verge' of signing Ronaldinho at one point last season, only for the move to peter out into 'it's not suitable for either party' platitudes. It all seemed to be comically orchestrated and shambolic.
Most clubs with foreign ownership at least attempt to thinly veil their shameless, but ultimately lucrative, commercial trips abroad, particularly to specific sponsors' top markets.
Over the summer, Manchester United fulfilled their obligations in the USA, while Arsenal participated in the Emirates Cup, and Chelsea pandered to Samsung's every request with painstaking commitment.
But, while all such commercial trips are undoubtedly tawdry, the crucial distinction is that Blackburn, remarkably, are swanning off during the season itself.
Just this week, Kean finds himself with a spate of injuries to a whole host of first-team players. Surely the very last thing he would want is a contrived trip across the world to play in a meaningless friendly, all to generate money he will not see until January at the earliest, if at all?
It renders the rather nauseating topics of 'player burn-out', 'fixture congestion' and 'unmanageable scheduling' entirely absurd when a club pounces on a tiny window of opportunity to cram in an additional game on the sub-continent.
And what about the chairmen and directors who regularly chunter on about the value of the 'winter break' proposals, in order to give their players some mid-season respite?
It would be ironic (nay, inevitable) if a winter break was introduced, only for every club to subsequently exploit the opportunity to participate in a 'Dubai Winter Cup', a 'Venky's Victory Shield', or a 'Beckham XI v Premier League XI' exhibition series in the USA.
Well, good luck to the Venky's on their adventure, but the news of an entirely unnecessary corporate trip to India during an already hugely challenging Premier League season will be seen as more serious 'fowl play' to the fans of the club they now own.
A trip to India during the hurly burly of a Premier League campaign is, to clumsily misquote the company's staggeringly simple catchphrase, 'not good for you'.
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