Fabio Capello plunged domestic matters into chaos this week by resigning from the England post.
As managers tried to galvanise their teams after the transfer window, rolling sports news went into an unsettling overdrive.
The FC Testiculadew boss was the first to have his south London home surrounded by roving reporters.
“We’re over a hundred points in front, so it’s no time to be complacent and I’m totally focused on the league,” he said, which according to anchor Mike Wedderburn meant he’d not ruled himself out of the England job.
“Yes, Geoff, many would say signing Phil Bardsely does show a lack of ambition, but I see it as a positive step towards catching the leaders,” answered the Lokomotiv boss from his car window, before checking his phone, most likely for missed calls from the FA, affirmed Shreeves afterwards.
Even foreigners can’t escape. Still.
In his weekly PSV Mornington press conference, the manager was explicit.
“¡Me cago en la leche!” he said, which after some deliberation studio translators confirmed meant ‘I’m working up my CV’.
Amongst the haitus, the Chairman issued a message to managers.
“Until a new England manager is appointed, it’s important that we all keep calm and carry on,” he said, before thinking that if you printed those words on mugs and T-shirts, in an ironic sort of way, it could really catch on.