Being that inspirational, uplifting voice in the dressing room is part and parcel of being a football manager. Invigorating your troops to reach beyond the peak of their powers is a fine art not many can master.
But there are times when subtle positive reinforcement is tossed unceremoniously out of the window and a few home truths need to be laid out on the table to that clutch of under-performing stars expecting you to indulge their ego.
Every manager has a temper and sometimes the situation calls for the paint to be stripped from the walls in a fiery, red faced, spit in the face tirade. The competition has witnessed some memorable hairdryer moments – a term made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson – during its long history. Although kicking boots in the direction your star player isn’t recommended!
This year’s Capital One Cup has been no different and you can be sure that there’s been some impressive half time team talks from the likes of Rafa Benitez as Chelsea rallied to beat Leeds at Elland Road and in particular, the usually mild-mannered Arsene Wenger who inspired Arsenal to an unbelievable 5 – 7 victory after trailing 4 – 1 at the break!