He may have the gift of the gab but David O'Leary is bottom of the West Midlands' Premiership when it comes to one fans' league.
A survey of fans to find which of the Premiership managers would make the best used car salesman, based on their transfer records, had Aston Villa's O'Leary 15th out of 20. Birmingham City's Steve Bruce was ninth and West Bromwich Albion's Bryan Robson 13th.
Topping the poll was another Midlander, Sam Allardyce, the Dudley-born boss of comparatively unfashionable Bolton Wanderers.
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) and Sir Alex Ferguson ( Manchester United) had to be content with second, third and fourth places respectively in the poll conducted by used-car company Network Q.
Bottom of the table was Blackburn Rovers' Mark Hughes who has recently signed soccer "bad boys" Craig Bellamy and ex-Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage. Fewer than one of the 1,200 fans polled voted for Welshman Hughes, in contrast to Allardyce who pulled in 34 per cent.