One is Britain’s most famous soldier. One has the grizzly voice of a drill sergeant. And the other once strangled James McArthur on the touchline like a military operation gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Indeed, Sean Dyche, Nigel Pearson and Ant Middleton are very much kindred spirits; Macho-men of the modern age.
So what better way to highlight the surprising similarities between the three than play a good old game of Whose Line Is It Anyway? And what better time to do so than almost immediately after Pearson has been announced as the new Watford manager, seeking to lift them away from relegation bother.
The rules of engagement, to paraphrase an SAS term, are pretty simple. We deliver you one macho quote, and you have to decide who actually said it – the Burnley boss, the Hornets gaffer or the only actual hardman amongst the pack, Ant Middleton.
It may sound simple enough but we guarantee it’s a lot harder than you think. And just in case you aren’t too sure about who you’re dealing with, here’s the lowdown on each of them…
Sean Dyche – Most famous for unexpectedly taking Burnley to the Europa League through the power of 4-4-2 and centre-backs who know how to defend the box properly. A relentless organiser who has the gruff voice to match. Basically a more likeable, more modest Sam Allardyce.
Nigel Pearson – Recently crowned Watford boss but perhaps best known for taking Leicester to the Premier League and then pulling off a great escape to keep them up that ultimately became the catalyst for their miraculous title win the season after. Some claim he’s a great manager who deserves far more credit, but – to be completely frank – he’s also a bit of a strange bloke, as some of these comments will attest to.
Ant Middleton – Looks a bit like a pint-sized David Gandy with a very bushy beard. Rose to stardom as the lead instructor on Channel 4’s hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins and has since become something of a TV personality, his last offering being an in-the-wilderness interview with former One Direction star Liam Payne. He’s certainly seen a thing or two