Guus Hiddink hinted at doing it.
Jose Mourinho claimed to have done it, when we all know he never did.
Rafael Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo and Carlo Ancelotti all did it in small doses.
But, finally, we are seeing a Chelsea boss willing to take chances with the product of the Blues' academy.
While Antonio Conte has not flooded the Blues' first team with youth development players – and, sorry to break this to you, but no manager is about to do that – he has given more chances to them in a short space of time than any other boss of recent years.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina have all had Premier League minutes already. The latter pair also started in Blues' 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at West Ham.
And while these have been for the most part the sort of late cameo appearances that are used to reward progress and boost confidence, the point is that Conte is actually going to the bother of doing it.
There were also some positive words from him this week about one of the most hotly tipped young Chelsea stars, who is presently rattling in the goals elsewhere.
Tammy Abraham, on a run of 11 goals in 16 games for Championship side Bristol City, was singled out by Conte as 'the future for Chelsea, for sure'.
Conte's arrival seems to have coincided with a switch in direction for the club's loan policy – something that Chelsea sources had long insisted would happen this season.
But Conte's further comments about Abraham seem to suggest he had more than a fleeting involvement in the plan to drop the 19-year-old a league, in order to gain both game time and goals.
Speaking of Abraham, Conte said: “He’s very young. I saw him only one week during the pre-season in America, there we decided to send him to play every game, to get experience, and then come back with us.
“Abraham has a great potential. I think the academy is working very well. Next season, I think - now it’s important to look to the present.”
That signified a shift at the highest coaching level within the club, to a more focused interest in developing homegrown talent.
The idea was paid lipservice by all those ex-bosses, but Conte appears to have bought in to the idea from the earliest stage, and is delivering opportunities as promised.
Chalobah seems to be the one who has had most support from the Italian: being given an increasing role in the last three league matches, albeit after they were already well won.
Whereas his involvement at Hull was only a token effort, he played 20+ minutes against both Leicester and Manchester United, and looked the part in both games.
That confounds the expectations of most, pre-season, that Loftus-Cheek would be the one to finally break through the ranks this campaign.
After a couple of starts in the League Cup, in that withdrawn striker role Conte seems to think he can fulfil, he has largely been overlooked when league points have been up for grabs.
There is talk here about both attitude and work-rate: areas where Chalobah is peerless among this crop of academy graduates.
But don't write off Loftus-Cheek just yet: Chelsea's substantial investment in his contract means he will be given every opportunity to succeed, even if that may first require a loan spell to get him into the swing of regular competitive football.
All of which is quite refreshing: the debate having quietly switched from 'why aren't the youth getting a chance?', to 'which will get the best chance to succeed?'
Whether or not Conte can deliver silverware so soon after arriving, he may even deliver something far more valuable for the club if a true breakthrough star can be found.