When reaching a dead end, the standard practice is to step back and re-evaluate your position to see if there is a new path you can carve out for yourself.
You would think that Hearts had run over a number of peoples' dogs given the furore this week regarding the completion of their new main stand.
"It's PC gorn maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad", was the predictable reaction from many a numbskull following the makers of the popular Football Manager game's decision to include gay footballers in their edition for 2018.
If a Scotland manager has left the stage then it must be time to wheel out the old "Get Fergie In" headlines.
The bold footballing experiment came to a halt earlier today following Hearts' dismissal of manager Ian Cathro.