"The third season is fatal." So said the legendary Hungarian coach Bela Guttman. If a manager stays in post for longer, Guttman suggested, players get bored and opponents start figuring you out. It may be a shame he didn't live long enough to meet Paul Tisdale.
The sun glowed behind the rock formation, smearing the sky with reds, oranges and blues. The sea glistened in the evening light and, beneath a collection of clouds, the shoreline reflected the last of the dying day.
Imagine if, this summer, one of the key players in a National League promotion-winning team suddenly became available. He was experienced - "a real stalwart", according to his manager - and just happened to play in a position that was a problem for Carlisle United last season.
All sorts of things will be tested in this new season which is about to break out of summer's slumber, each helping provide an answer to the biggest question of all: what sort of shape are Carlisle United really in?
They were in good company on Monday, Carlisle United. Also scheduled to appear in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court, Court Room One, Floor One of the Rolls Building before Mr Registrar Baister were Clayton Street Chip Shop, the Dog and Duck Public House, Eight Til Late Limited and PJ's Vehicle Hire.