The League Managers Association has sent an emergency text to all the managers in English football warning them not to take the Tottenham Hotspur job after the sacking of interim boss Cristian Stellini.
Football bosses across the country got the message, which the LMA sent out to test a system which could be used in future to warn managers about career-threatening job opportunities nearby such as those at Tottenham.
It follows Sunday’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of in-form Newcastle which led the LMA to regard the club as ‘too Spursy’ to be managed.
Hundreds of phones across England emitted the ten-second siren, which sounded shortly after Newcastle’s fifth goal went in, accompanied by a message which popped up on phones reading:
‘This is a test of emergency alerts, a new LMA service to warn football managers against applying for the Tottenham Hotspur job’.
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‘If you receive this message, refuse to take your agent’s calls, throw your phone into the nearest lake and stage your own death’.
‘They are just too damn Spursy and pose a serious risk to your future career prospects’.
‘Do not re-emerge from your hiding place until some other poor b*stard is in the Spurs dugout’.
‘Presumably Ryan Mason’.
However, one man who never received the text was former England boss Sam Allardyce.
It’s understood Allardyce is on the Three mobile network with the company admitting several customers did not receive the alert, and it is working with LMA to prevent this in the future.
The 68-year-old was spotted in a North London pub where he was drinking pints of wine and writing his CV on the back of a cigarette packet.
And despite the emergency alert warning, several other managers remain interested in the Spurs job, including Christian Gross, fictional ‘soccer boss’ Ted Lasso and former Leyton Orient manager John ‘bring your dinner’ Sitton.
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