I'm just back from a football legends trip to Kuala Lumpur and Brunei, I've got a slightly sunburnt head and I'm absolutely knackered but there's no way I'm skipping my npower Football League blog! Even if it is a day or two late…
While I was away, the Team of the Year was announced and looking at the names included, it's hard to argue that any of them don't deserve it. Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and MK Dons dominate the line-up and I guess that's understandable. Personally speaking, I'd have liked to have seen some recognition for players that play for the less fashionable clubs, perhaps at Stevenage or Brentford for example. Up and down the country there have been some outstanding performers this year, not just for the big clubs.
On the pitch I keep expecting to hear that Chesterfield have been relegated but week after week they are clinging on to their status in npower League 1. I'd arranged a game of golf with John Sheridan about three weeks ago but we had to cry off a couple of times and now I think I'd better wait and allow the Spireites boss the time to concentrate on masterminding their prolonged survival bid for two more matches. They've done brilliantly to hang on in there this long and will quietly fancy their chances of a miracle now.
One win for Leyton Orient or Walsall will relegate Chesterfield so their hopes are slim, but looking at the fixtures that's no certainty, so the dream is very much still alive. It's down to John and his boys to carry on applying that pressure.
Up at the top end it looks almost certain that Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday's almighty duel will go right down until the final match of the season. What a cracking contest it's been between the two Yorkshire clubs.
This weekend's games are wide open, what with the Blades hosting Stevenage, who are desperate for a win to stay in the Play-Offs, and Wednesday travelling down to Brentford who will want to end their home campaign on a high at Griffin Park.
I'm surprised to see that Sheffield United's match kicks off at 5.20pm on Saturday, as that could hand them a massive advantage but I suppose TV companies calls the shots on things like that.
All I'd say to Wednesday is that they must do the business at Brentford before their rivals kick off, because getting the points on board could affect the way Danny Wilson's players feel ahead of their game. Nerves will be fraying. If on the other hand the Owls lose, three points will secure United second place though, of course.
I've also returned to Blighty to find out that Preston North End legend Graham Alexander is set to retire at the grand old age of 40. He's been such a great servant to the club, and to Burnley of course, over the course of many years.
From what I gather Graham has already been enjoying a taste of coaching at Deepdale in recent weeks and I am sure that he's enjoying it greatly. I know that when I first began coaching I just couldn't get enough of it.
The longer hours will be one of the first things he notices. When the players leave for home he will have to stay around for a bit to chat to the rest of the staff, and quite possibly draw up session plans for the following day too.
You don't simply turn up for training and make it up as you go along, not these days anyway. Everything has to be mapped out. Do you continue with a similar theme? Was there something you didn't quite finish? Shall we try something totally different? How will the next session help us ahead of Saturday's big game? All these things need to be taken into consideration when planning what you'll do in training.
I liked to switch off in the evenings, so my ploy was to arrive very early at the training ground the next day, and plan my sessions then, but every coach is different. All I do know is that Graham Alexander's working day will be a heck of a lot longer when he starts life as a full-time coach.
Making the transition feels quite easy at first but it's vital you start off on the right foot, impressing not only the manager but the players too. Reputations can be made very quickly in football and Graham will know that very well himself.
He'll revel in his new role but also be acutely aware that he's in the spotlight. If he's half as good a coach as he was a penalty taker, he'll do just fine.