Erik ten Hag appears to be taking a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s books with his strict training methods at Manchester United.
Ten Hag has been quick to lay down the law at Old Trafford in imposing his rules on the players.
Front and centre of his new regime is what has been branded Ten Hag’s ‘Five Commandments’ to keep his players professional.
The Dutchman has put an alcohol ban in place, banned personal chefs, warned any late players will be dropped, has insisted on regular body mass index checks and told unhappy players to come to him directly with their issues, rather than their agents.
The Athletic claim an unnamed Man United star was due to play in one of their games Down Under, but was pulled from the matchday squad after he TWICE turned up late to team meetings.
And former Manchester United assistant Archie Knox revealed how he and Fergie formed an intimidating double act.
“Alex always said that in our case it was ‘two bad cops’,” Knox told The Telegraph.
“If Alex gave them stick I certainly wouldn’t be putting an arm on their shoulder! If you lay the ground rules from the start, the players respond.
“We would train at 10.30am in the winter and if anyone was late they had the penalty of a few laps around the training field. You would hear the cars screeching into the car park just before we started!
“But I never had a problem with any of those players. From our time at Aberdeen we were big on discipline and I can honestly say that apart from that one occasion when I was not happy with the training the response was there.”
Knox worked with Ferguson at Aberdeen before taking his own job in management at Dundee in 1983.
He then followed Fergie to Old Trafford in 1986, staying there until 1991.
Offers Of The Day
Bet365 – Bet £10 Get £50 in Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE
Open account offer. Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply 18+ Begambleaware.org