Have your say but sign your name
As a football fan I enjoy a good rammy and I'm happy to roll with the punches in a football debate with anyone.
Most fans I know are the same, especially when you're a few pints to the good after a match where your team has been cuffed.
A good going argy bargy adds to the gaiety of nations and lets us all get a few things off our chests.
So, I'm all for vigorous, intelligent and argumentative debate in football.
But not when it comes from fans who hide behind pseudonyms and monikers, who want to dish out the criticism - some of it vile and personal - from the anonymous safety of their mobiles and laptops.
There were many and various reasons for his resignation, sheer weariness after seven years of toil being one of them.
But he had also been subjected to an ongoing stream of criticism and flak, albeit from a very small section of fans who were short on facts but long on opinion.
So it is that a red hot United fan, who stood on the terraces of Tannadice for 50 years, and who joined the board as a fans' representative to look after their interests, decided that enough was enough.
When your best efforts, usually involving 50-plus hours a week for the club you've loved man and boy are met with savage, sometimes personal and often factually inaccurate criticism from fans who won't put their real name to their complaints, then no wonder people decide the game isn't worth the candle.
My introduction to football journalism was through the fanzine movement.
But to the best of my recollection the guys who admittedly wrote some pretty excoriating stuff in the Final Hurdle or Not the View, and others of the ilk, also stood outside Tannadice, Parkhead and other grounds selling their "Zines".
That meant they had to learn to fight their corner with the many who disagreed, often very vocally, with the views expressed in those various publications.
In the fanzines you voiced your opinion, but you did it in the full public glare.
You also thought pretty hard about what you were writing because you knew you would have to defend yourself publicly outside the ground or in the pubs, where other fans quickly got to know you as one the fanzine guys and were not slow in taking you to task.
The fanzine movement was a seminal moment in Scottish football: it democratised debate, saw scorching scrutiny of those in power and paved the way for supporters trusts and fans websites.
But in most cases it was open and accountable.
The modern trend for anonymity in texts and on websites allows instant comment without any serious thought.
Strong debate is healthy for football. Opinions need to be passionately and powerfully made and those in power, whether they are football directors, managers or indeed journalists, should be held to account.
But those doing the questioning should have the courage to sign their name.
A strongly-held view is surely all the more valid when someone making it has the courage of their convictions and refuses to hide behind anonymity.