I've been with the Herald for 30 years, though regular readers swear it seems longer. I've been chief sub-editor, literary editor and deputy sports editor. Opinion is divided on whether this is a testimony to my versatility or a judgment on my inability to hang on to a job.
Almost 7000 supporters have responded to an SFA survey and the overwhelming majority want a larger top league, operated by a single body, and with no more than three divisions. They want greater financial distribution and a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League to be the most important aspect of any reconstruction.
The Sunderland board regard him as a potential saviour, the fans have him on a limited probation and the players will accept him as a conduit to redemption. The chatterers in columns and on the airwaves behold him as a fascist.
Tom Boyd once looked at him from behind. "He immediately showed me he was a great player," said the former Celtic full-back.