Garry Birtles: Why is Billy Davies still out of work 18 months on from Nottingham Forest?
SO Gordan Strachan, a man who had been out of football since October 2010, has been handed a route back into the game.
Sacked from his last job, at Middlesbrough, Strachan subsequently found himself in the wilderness.
A frosty relationship with the media will not have helped his cause, with many unlikely to have championed him for jobs.
But he remains a popular choice, among fans at least, as the new manager of Scotland.
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His appointment, however, also got me thinking... about another man who must have fancied his chances of landing the role.
How many jobs, in the Championship, in Scotland and even in League One have been available since Billy Davies left Nottingham Forest? There must have been dozens.
For a short period of time, it is acceptable for your representatives to make noises about 'waiting for the right opportunity' or 'needing a break from the game'.
But it has now been 18 months since Davies' City Ground tenure came to an end.
Given his record, his successes at Preston, Derby and Forest, you would think he would be on many a chairman's list of candidates when jobs come up.
There are few men with a better record, in particular, at Championship level.
But, asides from a vague rumour linking him with the Blackburn job a few weeks ago, there has been literally nothing; no suggestion that he is close to a return.
Palace, Burnley, Blackpool, Bolton, Wolves, Barnsley and Bristol City, among others, have all had a change of management in recent times.
But none of those clubs plumped for Davies.
And now he has also been overlooked – or at least not seemingly considered – for a Scotland job that he would surely have relished.
Davies was always a good manager. He is a man that players seem to respond to.
But he also comes with a lot of baggage. Perhaps now that is starting to catch up with him.
Clubs no longer see a man who brought success to three clubs, but a man who made a circus of Forest's play-off clash with Swansea, by creating a side show out of his row with the club hierarchy and by issuing journalists with a list of questions they could and couldn't ask prior to the games.
The final season of his tenure at Forest was almost as memorable for his sniping with the board as it was for what was achieved on the pitch.
If you picked up a phone and asked those who had been in charge at Preston, Derby and Forest what Davies was like, what would they say?
Yes, they would doubtless tell you that he was a good manager. But the rest of those conversations would probably centre around the renowned baggage he brought with him.