There was a time when a footballing manager was not a bad thing.
The idea of a manager who knows his players and can relate to them on a personal level was a nice one.
It was a great feeling to be in charge of your players, one that was the norm.
But this was the decade of the big-spending manager, the manager who could tell you the secret to victory and win big, the one who was so keen to be a good friend that you could make up his words and say them in a way that he would understand.
This is a man who would have said something along the lines of: “My job is to win games, and my team is to score as many goals as possible.”
And it is that approach that has left us at the bottom of the table.
It is that way of thinking that has led to the footballing managers who have come and gone in the last few years, and that has meant that it is impossible to get a positive impression of how they actually perform.
It is impossible because the man in question, Gian Piero Gasperini, is not only a football manager, but also a human being.
This is a coach who believes that a positive attitude and a positive personality are more important than winning, and in that way, he has been a disappointment.
Gasperino, however, is also a legend in Italian football, and there is a lot to be said for that.
He has coached at some of the best clubs in the world, won the European Cup in 1994, and the World Cup in 2010.
He has also been involved in the greatest sporting coups in football history.
In 2002, he managed Juventus to the league title and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, while the following season he was promoted to the Real Madrid job.
It would be fair to say that he has done more for the club than any other coach in European history.
When Gasperiani took over at Real Madrid in the summer of 2002, they were still in the second tier, but they had made it to the semi-finals of the Champions Leagues four times in a row.
This was a period of great prosperity for the La Liga club, as they were able to recruit top talent and bring in world-class players, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and David Beckham.
This had led to a massive increase in revenue, but this was only the start.
In 2006, Gasperani, along with a few others, took over a squad that was still struggling with the financial crisis.
It had also just completed the biggest transfer in club history, bringing in the likes of Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Falcao, Sergio Ramos and Romelu Lukaku.
Gasps was an ambitious and charismatic manager who had managed at least one Champions League semi-final in each of the previous four seasons, but he was under pressure to deliver big results for his team-mates.
With the club struggling to make any noise, Gasparini decided to make a change, and he brought in some of his players.
The most notable addition was Diego Costa, who had been on the books of the club since 2010, and was a highly rated prospect at the time.
He would go on to be one of the most valuable players in the history of the Premier League, helping Madrid to the European Championship in 2011.
He would not last long though, as his relationship with the coach deteriorated quickly.
Gasparis son Antonio, who was also a big fan of the Argentinean, went on to make his name as a player for Real Madrid, as he was a regular starter in the side.
He is now a Real Madrid player, and his presence would never have been felt more strongly if he had stayed at the club.
After signing Falcão, the move was not exactly smooth, as Falcion, who came from Sporting Lisbon, was unhappy with the move, as it had become a money-making venture for the side, and did not see much of a return for the player.
In 2012, Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale, who would go to Manchester United in 2013.
The move for Bale was a huge gamble, and Gasperina would never recover from it.
There were also other clubs that tried to sign Bale, as well as others that were willing to offer him a new deal.
At the time, Bale was still very young and was only a teenager at the moment, so he had only been at Real for a few months.
Gaspini would have to convince Bale to leave Real Madrid at that time.
Bale, though, had already made his mark with Real Madrid.
His goal against Bayern Munich in 2013 was his first goal for the first team, and it was also his first Champions League goal for Real.
Despite the transfer being a massive gamble, Gaspino was not happy with the signing, and later revealed that