CLAUDIO RANIERI used to laugh when he was called the 'tinkerman'.
The former Chelsea boss was adamant the way to get the best out of his team was to rotate a massive squad by sending out the freshest XI on to the pitch.
Step in the more successful Jose Mourinho, who brought the merry-go-round to a screeching halt by getting rid of nine players.
However,the Special One's fellow countryman at QPR has gone down the Ranieri route. Paulo Sousa is currently incurring the silent frustration of his bosses by switching players backwards and forwards on a match-by-match basis.
Little good it's done them all. Rangers collected a meagre two points out of the holiday games and have a daunting replay at Turf Moor next Tuesday.
Sousa might want to take a leaf from an older book kept by Roy Hodgson down the road. The Fulham boss is already in the fourth round of the cup after they eased past Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.
This season, Fulham's rock has been built around just 13 players, provided you discount their brief flirtation with the Carling Cup.
Now, Roy m'boy has been around the international block a few times in a career that's seen international, Serie A and Premiership football.
You would have thought if any body thought there was a future in rotating - it would be Hodgson.
I know the Fulham man speaks five languages, I only hope he has a smattering of Portuguese so he can offer a word of advice ...