Thursday 22 March 2018

As Eddie Jones removes Schwarzenegger reference at England HQ, here are other managerial interventions

A quote from Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has been removed from the wall at England's high performance centre as new coach Eddie Jones looks for his men to make their own mark.

Here's a look at some other sporting managers who have taken similar drastic action to try to get their own message across.


David Moyes' 10 months in charge of Manchester United offered few memorable moments for most, but the Scot's decision to put an end to the established pre-match ritual of low-fat chips on the evening before games did not go down well with many players, including former England defender Rio Ferdinand.

Moyes, though, remained unrepentant.

"Yes, I did ban chips. It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn't think chips were good for their diet," he said.


There were more than a few eyebrows raised when Arsenal appointed the then unheralded French coach Arsene Wenger to take over at Highbury in September 1996.

While his approach would one day be seen as revoultionary, the decision to promote heathly eating like pasta and boiled chicked and stop players eating chocolate was not an instant hit as chants of 'we want our Mars bars' came from the team bus en route to Blackburn for Wenger's opening match in charge.


Italian Paolo di Canio took a hardline approach when he took over as Sunderland manager in March 2013, aiming to keep the north-east club in the Premier League.

We need to have lectures about why we can't have every day things like mayonnaise, ketchup and coke," he said. "They can cause chemical problems to the liver, to the stomach. If you have ice with coke you can have indigestion." Di Canio is also said to have clamped down on pre-game singing in the dressing room and banned mobile phones.

"This is a complete revolution," he said. "I've said that from now if someone comes inside with a mobile phone, even in their bag, I'll throw it in the North Sea. They're banned."


Following 2010's high-profile incidents involving Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas, who were both fined for using obscenities in Twitter messages criticising selectors, the England and Wales Cricket Board looked to implement tighter guidelines on use of social media ahead of the Ashes series in Australia. "With freedom of speech comes responsibility.

It must be used that way," said ECB managing director Hugh Morris.


During England's ill-fated tour of New Zealand in 2008, four players found themselves caught up in a sex scandal, leading then head coach Martin Johnson to impose a limit on alcohol after games as well as a ban on bringing people back to the team hotel during international tours.

"We sat down as a group and we spoke about responsibility. In fairness, the players led it. What the squad went through in New Zealand simply cannot happen again," said the 2003 World Cup winner.

England's 2011 World Cup campaign in the same country, though, saw lurid headlines featuring dwarf-tossing and ferry-jumping.

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