As anticipation builds towards Wednesday's release of the 2009/10 fixture list, former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd is as excited as any supporter of any club around the country at the prospect of some tremendous games in the new campaign.
After his "busman's holiday" away from management, Boothroyd aims to be back in work by the time the season kicks off. Meanwhile he is looking forward to seeing what The Football League's fixture computer throws up in each of the divisions.
He is particularly keen to view the Championship, where his old club Watford will be facing the likes of relegated Newcastle United and Middlesbrough plus promoted Peterborough United - the club where his playing career was prematurely ended.
"The Championship is one of the most exciting leagues in the world," he said, "because anybody can beat anybody and that means you're guaranteed drama week-in, week-out right through the season.
"There will be a lot of big clubs in the league next season, but even the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough will be beatable and smaller clubs like Scunthorpe, Blackpool and Barnsley will be capable of taking points off the big boys.
"It's not easy to bounce straight back to the Premiership after being relegated, I know that from my experience with Watford, and Newcastle might find it the same because they'll be the hunted with clubs looking forward to playing at St James' Park.
"There'll be some fantastic games to look forward to right across the division though, and I'll be very interested to see how my old club Peterborough get on after doing brilliantly well to get back-to-back promotions.
"In the last six months of last season I saw around 60 games, several of them in League 1, and although I thought Leicester thoroughly deserved to finish top I was also impressed with what (manager) Darren Ferguson achieved at Peterborough.
"He's been very shrewd, bringing in some good young players to keep his team growing and he can keep doing that. I think they'll fill London Road next season and there'll be a few teams who won't fancy going there.
"The Championship is said to be the hardest division to get promoted from, but League 1 could be just as hard next season after Norwich, Southampton and Charlton - three big clubs who've had great reputations - got relegated.
"With Leeds staying down there are going to be some mouth-watering fixtures in League 1 and I think that the three relegated clubs - just like Newcastle and Middlesbrough in the Championship - won't find it easy to bounce straight back.
"League 2 will also be very interesting. I'm pleased that Burton came up, they're a club that's growing all the time, and I think Torquay could make an impression with the momentum they'll have from their run to promotion through the Play-Offs.
"I saw a number of League 2 games last season and thought Bury were unfortunate not to get promoted, but I'm sure they'll bounce back and make a good fist of it in what I think will be another highly competitive season in the division."
Boothroyd is hoping to watch games from the managerial dugout rather than the stands next term. Not that the 38 year-old manager has been away from the game since his departure from Watford last November.
"I've not wasted my time," he said. "I've been to places like Italy and Holland to watch people train, I've done the same at some big clubs in this country as well and I've also done some coach education work in the grassroots.
"Along with watching a lot of games it's been a bit of a busman's holiday, but I'm ready to come back now and when the right club comes along and they want somebody like me, I'll be ready - so watch this space…."