Former Chelsea right-back and national supremo, Allan Harris, said football was all about man-management. The question is how one manages the resources at his disposal.
In one of many conversations I had with the English gentleman, he said: "There are three types of coaches - autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire. The autocratic coach likes to crack the whip to get things done.
"The democratic one prefers to discuss and talk with the players with an open mind and even tap some ideas from his players while the coach who falls in the third category leaves everything to his charges.
"I would like to think myself as someone in the second category. My idea of a democratic coach is Dave Sexton (former Chelsea and Manchester United coach). But I have told the my players not to treat kindness as softness."
At Crystal Palace in the late-70s, Harris had a hand in shaping the careers of stout left-back Kenny Sansom, defensive stalwart Terry Fenwick and forward Clive Allen - all of whom went on to become England full internationals.
At Barcelona he had the privilege of working alongside Bernd Schuster, Gary Lineker, Steve Archibald, Andoni Zubizarretta and of course Diego Maradona.
Now when I read media reports that Dollah Salleh was tipped to succeed B. Sathianathan as the national head coach, I wonder in which category of coaches does Dollah fall into.
Does Dollah see the need for Malaysian footballers to understand that one gains success only through hard work, discipline and focus allied with talent?
Is everybody equal from Dollah's perspective, irrespective of age and talent?
From what I've gathered, Dollah is a laissez-faire type of coach...
And another thing, I heard the newly-appointed team manager Datuk Gulzar Mohd Noor wants to run the national team like his empire...woe be unto Malaysian football if that happens!