Twelve months ago, Linfield boss David Jeffrey feared his trophy-laden reign at Windsor Park was coming to an end.
One year on and the Blues have won the Carling Premiership and Irish Cup double for the fourth time in five years and, once again, heading into this weekend's round of games, sit proudly at the top of the table.
A spectacular goalfest last month — which included an 8-1 hammering of Crusaders and an 11-0 Co Antrim Shield romp against Amateur League side Kilmore Rec — has sent shockwaves throughout the local game.
And Jeffrey, who is today named the Carling Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Manager of the Month for October, is confident there is more to come.
The prestigious award, Jeffrey’s 27th during his 13 years in the Windsor Park hot-seat, has been dedicated to his backroom staff and players.
“I want to thank the Football Writers for the award, every one of them means so much to me,” said Jeffrey.
“You only get awards like this because of the staff and players you work with and I am no different.
“I really am pleased as punch with my 27th award and I hope I can make it 30 before the end of the season, but that will depend on my players.
“This time last year was the beginning of a bad spell for Linfield but my cubs pulled me out of it after we wobbled and we got our rewards. I also want to thank Carling for their continued support.
“They deserve major credit for what they have done for the game and are vitally important to us all.
“We have a tremendous product in Northern Ireland and with their support, more people will begin to realise that.”
Carling’s Jordana Grimes said:
“Linfield were exceptional throughout October and manager David Jeffrey fully deserves this award for leading his team to some very impressive results during the last four weeks.
“It is incredible that this is David's 27th award and we at Carling would like to congratulate him for achieving such a remarkable feat.”