The head of the Northern Ireland Football League can understand frustration, concern and impatience over yet another delay.
Yet Andrew Johnston, NIFL Managing Director, is quick to stress there is no immediate rush, time is on their side and they will not be making a snap judgement which they live to regret.
Johnston is acutely aware of a desire from the football fraternity in Northern Ireland to know if the current season, across all NIFL leagues, is set to resume, be brought to a conclusion with the current league positions used to decide the final placings or be considered null and void.
Will there be promotion and relegation and what about player contracts which are set to expire? All these aspects are up for debate.
But with the Northern Ireland Executive's current restrictions on contact sport and social distancing measures meaning games would be unable to take place until late summer at the earliest and even then 'behind closed doors', NIFL believe they have at least another five weeks before they need to make a decision.
Games haven't taken place in the Danske Bank Premiership since March 13 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and on Friday, NIFL released a statement which informed fans their Steering Group, following lengthy consultation with all stakeholders over the coming weeks, would make recommendations to the NIFL Board on 'season end' with a final decision by June 30.
There are UEFA deadlines in terms of finalising 'season end' details and July 30 at this moment in time is the cut-off for all leagues to conclude, but it is understood Europe's governing body is supportive of leagues determined to finish their campaigns and may continue to push back timeframes as they have done with the May 25 date for finalising plans.
The Irish FA, on NIFL's behalf, have been in regular contact with UEFA, keeping them informed of the current situation in Northern Ireland, and they will appeal for an ongoing extension until they can bring some clarity to the football chiefs in Nyon on June 30.
The Irish FA will also lobby government, along with Ulster Rugby and GAA's Ulster Council, to move contact sports up their stages blueprint - from five to three.
Johnston, with the added extra time, is keen to avoid the unnecessary mudslinging between clubs and cries of mismanagement as occurred in Scotland, while last week in Wales, the Cymru Premier League was brought to an end only for the Welsh government to lift restrictions and allow for training to resume two days later.
He says there is a genuine appetite from all clubs, following meetings in the last two weeks, to finish the season on the pitch.
"We don't want to make any hasty decisions. There is no justification to make a decision now that can't be delayed for a number of weeks," concedes Johnston, who has admitted to sharing and collecting information from colleagues in Scotland and Wales.
"If there are any reasons why that's not the case, we will welcome clubs telling us and will, of course, consider them.
"I think as well, we've seen in Wales they called the league off and there was an outcry. Two days later their government gave the go-ahead to return to train.
"The view of the Steering Group and the Board is that in a matter of weeks we will be better informed with regards to the NI Executive plans and the IFA's protocols."
While the top leagues across Europe are able to play their games 'behind closed doors', that is simply not a viable financial option for NIFL clubs.
Irish League clubs depend on gate receipts to pay their bills and with no money forthcoming from the Irish FA in order to compensate clubs so they can finish the season, or indeed money available for the mandatory Covid-19 testing, this may be the determining factor in calling an end to the season.
Clubs are also fearful of a loss on pitchside advertising, shirt sponsorship and numerous commercial opportunities.
Johnston, who has been in contact with the referees' association to make sure they are abreast of developments, says: "The clubs have been fairly consistent that behind closed doors is not a model they feel would work. If you consider that if they are back to playing then they will have their costs and there can't be income to meet those costs. They have been very upfront that behind closed doors is something they are not keen to think about.
"They have said it would be difficult for them to return behind closed doors if there was not any money to replace what would have been given."
When football does eventually return in Northern Ireland either in the summer, autumn or possibly 2021, it will look very different. Will players even be allowed in a changing room or simply have to turn up already changed and with their boots in hand?
"Anything is possible," states Johnston, who admits NIFL have already cast their eye to next season and looked at contingency plans should it be shortened due to a late start.
"The Irish FA have done a little bit of work around this 'return to training, 'return to play' protocol. Across Europe, the players are turning up with their boots in hand and everything they need for training on them. They arrive on their own in their cars and leave on their own. The concept of using dressing rooms isn't there.
"It may be a case that you have to limit the number of people in dressing rooms. There may be an issue around showering facilities etc."
Plans, protocols and propositions have five weeks to be completed. But is it just putting off the inevitable?
NIFL hope time will be on their side, allowing for government restrictions to be greatly reduced and for the wait to be worth it to finish the season on the pitch. Time will tell...