Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill relaxed despite one of his busiest ever summers
For a man who usually prefers his conversations with players to take place on the training ground, Alan Knill admits he is quite enjoying the wheeling and dealing associated with this busiest of summers at Scunthorpe United.
Until, that is, it comes to talking finance.
So far, the majority of the recruitment work carried out by the Iron boss remains behind the scenes, though former Swindon Town defender Callum Kennedy penned a two-year deal at Glanford Park on Wednesday – joining James Severn and Josh Walker in doing similar.
With pre-season training now only a fortnight away and United still short in several areas, Knill continues to field calls, an abundance of them, about further, required, strengthening.
But with three-quarters of the division still yet to really show their hand in the transfer market, there is an air of calmness about Knill, at one of the most stressful periods in the calendar.
"When we were on holiday, my wife commented about how relaxed I was, and that's because everyone is the same," the Iron boss told the Telegraph.
"We hadn't signed that many players at this stage last year, but the difference was I had 16 players under contract.
"Each year you panic at the start, but then accept that's how it is.
"As long as you've got targets and are doing the right things and trying your best to entice players, there isn't much else you can do."
Knill has returned to Glanford Park this week after holidays in New York and Thailand, where he joked the six-hour time difference made the latter particularly enjoyable.
Until lunch-time at least, when the UK woke up – and the phone began to ring, again.
Much has been made of the financial restrictions under which the Iron boss must work next season following the introduction of a 65 per cent salary cap and a drop in Football League TV money.
But while conversing about cash is a necessary taboo, the Iron boss is adamant it will not be the be all and end all of some players' decisions.
It's those particular players that Knill is keen to see follow the likes of Kennedy to Glanford Park.
"I enjoy meeting players and selling us – whether it be the club, myself or the way we play," he continued.
"I have to be honest, that's quite an easy sell, because a lot of the players speak to other players and know about me, Brassy (assistant boss Chris Brass) or Cuts (goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler) before we have the conversation.
"I don't really like dealing with the money part of things because it frustrates me more than anything.
"Answering phone calls all the time annoys me too, because if you blank them, it's perceived as being rude.
"I must get 20 calls a day, at all times of the day, and I try not to avoid answering them because you never know when that person may have a player for you.
"But it can be quite difficult at times and it's getting worse – there seems more agents than players.
"Eventually wages will come down and be more realistic because at the moment, compared to outside football, it's still ridiculous."
For the first time publicly, Knill has confirmed two such players at the negotiation stage are striker Mike Grella and centre-back Nathan Clarke.
But he admits the Iron are unlikely to provide either with the most lucrative contract offer they'll receive this season.
"I met him in America," Knill confirmed, of Grella. "He came to my hotel.
"I saw him when he played for Leeds and made a note of him in my book of players.
"There's something about him I like, but he did really well playing for Bury and so he's got quite a few suitors. It will come down to finances.
"I liked him when I spoke to him – he has a confidence about himself and believes he can score. When you look at his record, you see he can."
On Clarke, a 28-year-old centre-back who also ended last season at Bury, before being released by Huddersfield Town last month, Knill said: "He's one of a number of centre-halves that were on a list we have, but to be honest, if he wasn't on there, there'd be something wrong.
"I've known him for a long time and he did well last season, but again, he's one we'll face competition to sign."
It appears to be a recurring theme at Scunthorpe United, whatever the year, or the financial circumstances.
At least though, through it all, one man will stay relaxed.