This is a brutal time of year for professional footballers.
Early season book sales are hugely important to clubs and indicate how fans feel about future prospects.
In football, as in politics, most careers end in failure.
Dundonians winning Commonwealth Games gold medals are as rare as hens’ teeth, so Mark Stewart’s return to Dundee with one from Australia should be celebrated in style.
Talking to the Dumbarton manager Steve Aitken after his team lost at Tannadice in midweek, he revealed that he was heading back west to do the nightshift in his real job.
The return of Paul Sturrock to Tannadice, should give crucial pointers to where the club is going wrong on the pitch, and how to fix things.
Football management is a tough gig.
The news that Cowdenbeath FC could face closure within a year unless they can find £135,000 is a window on a changing football landscape.
My predictions for Tayside’s top three clubs this season look like dumping the entire contents of a hen house over my head.
Last March I wrote in this column that battle loomed at Tannadice between some Dundee United fans’ groups and the board.