In other news, bear uses woods for toilet and Vatican appoints Catholic as Pope. That football management is officially a stress-inducing occupation will not come as a huge shock but the numbers are significant enough for preventative measures to be put in place. Every manager and assistant manager from the 42 Scottish senior clubs, as well as the national team management, are being offered a full heart scan and health check as part of a project funded by the Scottish Football Partnership, and then given diet and fitness advice based on their results.
Gary Locke was at Hampden yesterday for his own personal MOT. The situation at Hearts is perhaps more pressurised than others, with the club in administration and under a transfer embargo, and Locke, in his first senior management role, has had to bear the burden of that alongside the usual prosaic matters like training players and picking a side on a Saturday. He admits it has been a stressful period and expressed his gratitude at the peace of mind offered by a health monitoring scheme.
"As someone with a young family, it's important to know that you're fit and healthy, especially when you see what's happened with some of the players in England," he said. "Stress is difficult to define but there have certainly been times when I've felt I was carrying the whole world on my shoulders.
"That was particularly the case when people at the club lost their jobs. That day was horrible and it was uncontrollable - even when I went home to my wife Lynsey I still felt that way. I felt that everyone was looking to me and I was thinking: 'What do I do?' It was my first experience of working beside people who've been made redundant.
"That's why this scheme is such a good thing. I've already had people telling me that I'm looking older but I'm hoping the test will show me that I'm okay. You can't switch off as a manager. Even when you go home you're taking calls about, and thinking about, how to improve things and come up with new ideas to keep training fresh and lively.
"I do try to relax with the family or with a game of golf. The gaffer, Jim Jefferies, has always told me to take the chances to switch off whenever they come. I make an effort to keep fit and train at least every second day. My knee problem makes that awkward but our club doctor claims that's no excuse and that there are always things you can do.
"Eating healthily is another problem when you're constantly on the move and going to games but I make an effort, although - like every manager - I still love a beer and a Chinese meal at the weekend."
Professor Stewart Hillis, director of the sports health and injury clinic at Hampden, felt the screening programme could be "potentially life-saving". "The initiative came from England initially and they noted that about 40% of the managers had high stress levels and very high cardio-vascular risk," he said. "We felt at the Scottish FA that we had a duty of care to offer this to our managers and coaches.
"They are in high pressure situations. They don't have much control after they put their team on the park - all they can do is shout and bawl. The uncertainty of the job is something else managers have. They are under a lot of stress, so we felt the programme should be introduced. I can't mention names but over the programme there have been several interventions done, so we think it is a successful programme."