This morning Alistair Murdoch McCoist knew what January was going to be like for him.
Yesterday the RIFC board presented the Sevco manager with a list of players.
For the avoidance of doubt it was not a pantheon of galacticos to be brought to Murray Park from Serie A and the Bundesliga for McCoist to coach into an unbeatable unit.
Rather it was a list of players that would be leaving the Holding Company Vehicle in the upcoming window as well as those who would not be given a new contract in the summer.
With this in mind the tendering of his resignation, as reported in the mainstream, with a notice period of twelve months does make some sense.
However I understand that the players only heard about his decision this through the media.
One thing the cheeky chappie is very good at is negotiating.
When it comes down to those numbers it can never be said that he is tactically naïve.
Your move Mr Llambias.