It has been a stressful few weeks for any football manager. There has been the hectic Christmas schedule, the third round of the FA Cup, not to mention the opening of the January transfer window.
The strain of it all has obviously got to Luton manager Mike Newell, who this week set the hare running on a potential new 'bungs' inquiry in English football.
But for Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle, tonight's meeting with Newell and his Luton side is simply a welcome distraction; a chance to forget the constant daily diet of agents' calls, anguished chats with concerned players and question after question of press speculation.
Whether or not Hoddle will have completed the signing of Elche's Polish striker Tomasz Frankowski by then remains to be seen. Having claimed to have dropped their interest in MK Dons' Izale McLeod, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey flew to Spain this week in a bid to tie up a deal with Frankowski's club.
But, whether it turns out to be McLeod, Frankowski or even Ronaldinho, their search for a new striker is one that will affect Wolves over the final four months of this season. Hoddle is more concerned with minding his own business back home and plotting a way of beating the Hatters.
Coming after last week-end's Luton-Liverpool FA Cup thriller at Kenilworth Road, Hoddle is well aware that it's hard to predict just what sort of mental state the Hatters will be in tonight.
But, after the hammering his own side were given at Kenilwoth Road back in September, only to somehow escape with a 1-1 draw, Hoddle has more idea than most how well Liverpool did to get away with it.
"I thought it was a fabulous effort by Luton against Liverpool," he said. "They put up a fantastic show and were unlucky to face a side who had the belief they could win from 3-1 down.
Outside Chelsea, Liverpool are probably the only side who could come back like that. They're a special team at the moment, in very good form."
Luton, who were third in the table when they entertained Wolves back that day in September, have slipped a little down the Championship table since.
But, although now ninth, that is still only a point shy of seventh-placed Wolves, who have pretty much stayed where they are thanks to their poor home form - just two wins from their last 11 home league games (or, put another way, a haul of just 12 points out of a possible 33).
Hoddle, therefore, recognises the importance of a successful outcome tonight. "This is a big game for both clubs," said Hoddle. "I'm quite happy it's a night game as we always do quite well playing at night.
"It's up to us to make it a different game to what it was down there, but it is a different dimension of pitch.
"Luton had a good run early on, then a frustrating run. Now they're trying to climb their way back up and the performance against Liverpool will help give them the confidence to do that.
"They've fallen from where they were but even they wouldn't have expected to stay there all season.
"It does go like that. We've been more on an even keel. We haven't hit a real low or a high yet."
Hoddle is without the suspended Gabor Gyepes and Kenny Miller, while Lee Naylor's injured knee makes him a big doubt.
But he has both Jody Craddock and Rob Edwards to come back in and his main decision is whether to bring back Carl Cort, Wolves' scorer against Luton earlier in the season, or stay with Leon Clarke, Wolves' scorer in last Saturday's FA Cup win over Plymouth.
Clarke will hope yesterday's public apology to Wolves fans for his inflammatory 'hushed' goal celebration last weekend will have swung the vote.