Usually at this time of year football clubs up and down the land - and indeed the world - are worried about their star players. Other clubs start snooping and it's a case of 'will he stay or he will he go?'
If that wasn't already bad enough, imagine what it is like to be a fan of Leeds United. Apart from the question marks over their best, a problem they also suffer with, they have to ask the question every day as to who is actually running the club.
The whole saga around Italian owner Massimo Cellino gets more ridiculous every single day. One minute he's fine, the next he's not, then he's okay again and now it seems he's banned from owning them - or is he?
Last month the Football League changed their mind again and decided that Cellino would have to be banned from owning the Elland Road outfit, as well as standing as a director.
It's all a mass of confusing and intense political and financial wrangling - I'm not too sure anybody really knows the ins and outs, even those at the centre of it. The very bottom line is that the 58-year-old was once, apparently, a naughty man when it came to paying his taxes whilst in Italy - to the tune of £465,000.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Perhaps Cellino took exception to that, who knows?
Anyway, moving on from one of the founding fathers of the United States, this is a football article after all, and there has been another twist in the long drawn-out saga. The latest news coming out of the Yorkshire club is that the former Cagliari-owner is due to appeal his disqualification.
His appeal will take place this week in front of a three-man committee. However, we won't be any clearer on results until next week. For now, the beleaguered Leeds outfit will continue to search for players - despite an apparent transfer ban - as they look to avoid yet another awful setback; League One relegation looms.
One wonders whether this whole mess will ever get sorted. Even if it does, I would be interested to find out the number of Leeds fans who would rather Cellino just went back to Italy and they could find a buyer who just slots quietly but effectively into the background (please feel free to comment).
It constantly feels like this club, steeped in history and heritage, are taking steps in the opposite direction from where they should be. Leeds United should be a Premier League club, but how old will their young fans grow before they see Elland Road hosting the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea again?
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