There was drama at Manchester City's Eastlands stadium this afternoon, when Hull City manager Phil Brown, having seen his team capitulate to a 4-0 mauling during the first 45 minutes, kept the Tigers players out on the pitch for his halftime team talk - just like a local Sunday League game.
Brown had just witnessed his team being ripped apart by the rampant Sky Blues, and two goals apiece from Felipe Caicedo and Brazilian Robinho meant the game was all but over by the break. Rather than wait until he got them back to the dressing rooms, Brown sat his players down on the pitch in front of the Hull fans, and gave them a piece of his mind - an angry piece.
Shocked supporters looked on at the 'Sunday League scene', as Brown remonstrated with his team amid lots of finger-wagging, shouting and black looks. Several members of the Tigers team appeared well-and-truly humiliated, a feeling made worse when two old men wandered by walking dogs.
The team were also denied their halftime oranges.
Manchester City boss, Mark Hughes, who would have been sacked today had his team lost, said:
"I liked Phil's grass-roots approach. I'll have to try it meself sometime!"