It wasn’t that long that David Jeffrey was gracing the back pages for all the wrong reasons.
Following a 2-0 defeat to Crusaders at Seaview on August 24, Jeffrey endured a barrage of negative headlines.
On fans’ forums the Blues had become the target of ridicule, the butt of sniping jokes and vitriolic cat-calls.
The Windsor Park giants appeared fair game, having endured one of their worst-ever Premiership starts.
The table didn’t lie as the dust settled on that gloomy afternoon at Seaview, as Linfield propped up the table in 12th spot.
The woeful run earned a passionate editorial in the club’s official match programme on the day of the Big Two derby seven days later.
The overriding theme was of the early-season form being far from acceptable.
It was an honest critique that reflected the opinion of a vast section of the club’s loyal support – even if it did little to ease the pressure on the embattled Jeffrey.
Fast forward to October and the clouds of despair have lifted.
Cast an eye on the Premiership standings and you will see the once basement battlers suddenly gracing the top spot.
A six-game winning streak has elevated the Blues from last to first.
Jeffrey has remained magnanimous and guarded in his reaction to the club’s recent stellar form.
After Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Glenavon, the opportunity was there for the Windsor chief to indulge in some verbal retribution at the cynics and critics who questioned his club’s credentials.
I wasn’t immune to some early-season forecasting.
It wasn’t that long ago that I was extolling Cliftonville as the team to beat – but 10 games in and that prediction has gone astray.
A number of former league winners insist it is harder to defend a title than win it, and that could be the case with the Reds.
Tommy Breslin hinted at the weekend that maybe his players thought this season would be easy.
Maybe they think they are entitled to brush teams aside following their Gibson Cup success back in May.
Who knows where the problem lies, but there are issues which need addressing.
But despite the Reds’ woes in recent weeks, I will refrain from over-analysing their form book.
I won’t write off a team that boasts talent including Liam Boyce, Joe Gormley and Conor Devlin.
Neither will I ignore the threat of derby rivals Crusaders who look genuine title contenders this term.
Nor will I question Portadown’s mettle in the aftermath of their 2-2 draw with Warrenpoint Town.
To do that would be utter madness at this early juncture of the season.
Just like it was when I cast doubt on Linfield’s title prospects back on August 24.