Football management these days is a sophisticated business. Where once it was all flying tea-cups, emotional bullying and expletive-strewn team talks, now it's ProZone analysis, individually tailored dietary plans and Sun Tzu's the Art of War.
Shame nobody told Paul Ince.
Having been in the Blackburn Rovers hot seat for all of five minutes, reports emanating from Ewood Park suggest the club's playing staff are less than enamoured with his 'old-fashioned' methods.
According to a story in yesterday's Daily Mail, the former England hard man is in danger of losing the dressing room before the season has even begun because of "the way he has tried to impose his personality on the club".
"Some players have been less than enthusiastic about Ince's approach to training, which is said to vary drastically from [Mark] Hughes's meticulous, scientific method, while others have complained that the former Manchester United midfielder is too egotistical," the newspaper reports.
David Bentley is said to have stormed out of training after being ordered to do 20 press-ups "as punishment for having his arms folded" - a posture he had no doubt adopted as a sign of protest at no longer being the most high profile big-gobbed Cockney at the club.
Ince was widely praised for 'doing things the hard way' by beginning his managerial career with League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town before moving on to MK Dons.
Ince's former United team-mate Roy Keane, by contrast, began his coaching career at Championship side Sunderland and was a Premier League manager less than a year after taking over at the Stadium of Light.
With the benefit of hindsight, it would therefore appear that serving your coaching apprenticeship in the lower leagues turns you into a Life on Mars-style 1970s throwback replete with trademark machismo and an Amish-like disdain for all things modern.
Coaches who jump straight in at the deep end, on the other hand, can look forward to a speedy transition from coaching novice to suit-clad, chin-stroking, tactically astute modern manager in the blink of an eye, which rather suggests that Ince's three-year stint in League Two was actually a complete waste of time.
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If ED believed in karmic justice it would be quick to assert that Rangers's humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of FBK Kaunas last night was fitting punishment for having shamelessly defended their way to last season's UEFA Cup final before a sizeable minority of their fans took out their frustrations at having lost said final by tearing lumps out of Manchester city centre.
But ED doesn't believe in karmic justice, so it'll keep quiet.
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You know when Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is feeling relaxed in a press conference because he leans back in his chair, puts his hands behind his head, and smiles.
Just like the over-excited toddler persona he adopts on big Champions League nights, the lean/hands/smile combo is a Ferguson trademark, and is customarily followed by an incomprehensible joke that has the assembled hacks braying with sycophantic mirth.
Fergie assumed the pose yesterday when he reacted to the news that Real Madrid had sealed the signing of Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart by confidently announcing the end of the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga.
It is in his press conferences that Ferguson always exudes the greatest sense of authority, for here he is free from opposition managers, meddling agents and perceived disciplinary injustices, and can set the world to rights without anyone daring to interfere.
But when Real have come calling to United in the past they have never failed to get their man (David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze), and ED won't believe the saga is genuinely over until Ronaldo has strutted out of the Old Trafford tunnel to a chorus of pathetically relieved applause and his normal service of toe-poked free-kicks and pointless leg wiggling has been resumed.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I will fight for a place in the team, but Madrid has many stars and if I end up on the bench that won't be a problem." Rafael van der Vaart at his Real Madrid unveiling, expressing a wholehearted enthusiasm for squad rotation that would make even Winston Bogarde wince.
FOREIGN VIEW: Internazionale have been ordered to pay a Napoli fan 1,500 euros (£1,187) for "existential damage" caused by banners calling Naples the "sewer of Italy" displayed at the Giuseppe Meazza last October. The unnamed fan's lawyer, Raffaele Di Monda, said the banners made his client feel "indignant and deeply hurt".
Bad news for Inter, but potentially much worse news for Juventus, whose fans displayed a banner reading "15.04.89. Sheffield. God exists" in reference to the Hillsborough disaster when they played Liverpool in the Champions League in April 2005.
TALKING POINT: Yesterday we asked you for your thoughts on the best and worst football kits of all time, and there was a veritable glut of nominations.
Best: Fiorentina purple home (raulpeeves), Manchester United early-1990s blue away (danieljbull77), Feyenoord red and white halves home (marcus7aurelio), Real Madrid all-white home (knoxx_06), Vasco da Gama black sash home (johnhennessey7).
Worst: Manchester United mid-1990s grey away (ima_fat_tw), Coventry City late-1970s brown away (khsnowball), Leeds United 1970s yellow away (bingo85uk), Chelsea mid-1990s 'graphite and tangerine' away (jamieasims), Hull City early-1990s Tiger-print home (noli_nakis).
In the battle of the Sky Sports News belles, meanwhile, Georgie Thompson earned comfortably more votes than Natalie Sawyer (much to ED's delight), despite ijmoza's heartfelt contention that the latter is an "absolute goddess".
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