HE'S A canny blighter is Roy Hodgson.
This year's big thing in Premiership coaching also chooses his words carefully, and when telling his Fulham employers he's not averse to the idea of a new contract, he made it plain they're going to have to put hands in pockets to shell out for new players as well.
What if a man should gain the whole banana as far as a new deal goes, Hodge is probably guessing, only to lose it when he is sacked five minutes later?
And that indeed is the fate of just about any Premiership boss on the end of six defeats in a row.
But for Roy m'boy right now - it's a buyer's market.
Sweden wanted him as their new boss. The 2012 GB Olympic team wouldn't mind a chunk of him, and after all, he is 61 with no real adulation in England until recently, despite a distinguished 33-year coaching career all over Europe.
Would anybody really be surprised if he called it quits at the end of this season to take on GB - and the prospect of an
Olympic gold on home turf?
Could he be only the second Fulham manager during Mohamed Al Fayed's chairmanship to leave the club of his own volition and manage a national team?
It might be smarter to quit while he's ahead and fill up as many Harrods Christmas hampers with which he can still stagger out the door.
Put it this way, whatever the Croydon boy's on now - one assumes his agent's adding the zeros to a prospective new deal at the Cottage as we speak.