One could hardly be too surprised to discover that a four-time senior All-Ireland-winning boss would be unduly perturbed by the decision to put the minor and Under-20 football schedules for this season on the long finger.
But then managers such as Sean Boylan tend to have been rather thin on the ground since the very inception of the GAA.
And if the renowned herbalist has already carved his name in the history books following his stunning achievements with his native Meath, then the passion and enthusiasm he expresses for his new role as part of Conor Laverty's Down Under-20 management team suggests that there could be brighter days ahead for the Mourne County.
From Boylan's viewpoint, the sooner things swing into action the better.
He may have only recently recovered from a severe bout of Covid-19 but you won't find the bubbly Boylan ruing his misfortune. Instead, he has what he considers to be an inviting challenge on his plate.
"I'm not going into Down to tell these lads how to play football," he declared. "I know for a fact that they have the skills and the right attitude. I'm going in there to give them whatever little bit of advice and encouragement I can offer. I've great time for people like Conor Laverty and Marty Clarke and I would just love to see Down progress at this level as a stepping stone to perhaps further glory."
Boylan, who is right up there alongside managerial greats such as Jim Gavin, Kevin Heffernan, Mick O'Dwyer and Mickey Harte, makes no bones about how "the important status" of inter-county football at Under-20 level should be viewed.
"I think that the Under-20 sector is a key component of the modern game," insisted Boylan. "When you look at it, the minor age limit is now under 17. If you take a lad at, say, 16 who is talented, the Under-20 side then becomes his stepping stone to senior county level because he's only going to get one year as a minor.
"This being the case, I see it as vital that players are given every encouragement at Under-20 level to progress - this is now a very important status within the game."
But the Royal County legend lays it firmly on the line when it comes to what is expected of a player who is keen to progress.
"A player would want to have very strong ambition," declared Boylan.
"Given the number of distractions there are nowadays, I recognise that this can be a big sacrifice for a young player.
"To get up to inter-county standard takes a lot of hard work but it can be worth it."
While there is a volume of opinion that would suggest inter-county squads are undertaking too much training in relation to the number of fixtures they are fulfilling, Boylan accepts that players can put in a lot of effort and perhaps not have a great deal to show for the sacrifices they make.
Yet he is emphatic that even players who do not scale a peak on this island can still parade their skills anywhere they go in the world.
"I know that the pandemic has limited global travel, but up until March of last year you had GAA players popping up all over the globe in places like Australia, the United States, the Emirates, Europe and, indeed, England and Scotland, where they invariably found that there were GAA clubs in which they were made more than welcome," pointed out Boylan.