Mick McCarthy has said showing his Wolverhampton Wanderers players respect was the best way to get the best out of them.
While extending the Wolves squad during last summer has given McCarthy more options in his team selection and has certainly proved vital as he has been hampered by a spate of injuries during the campaign, it has presented the former Republic of Ireland manager with a few headaches of a different kind.
McCarthy accepts players have been left frustrated by their exclusion from his team but he revealed several of his players have shown excellent attitudes after he explained his decisions to them in depth.
"I don't find it easy but I do it for the good of the team," said McCarthy. "There are so many personalities and egos to deal with. I saw when I was a player when team-mates were treated badly and thought, if I had been treated like that I wouldn't have the respect for the manager. I explain to my players because it makes them feel better and keeps them involved.
"They want to play in the first team and the players who have been left out have been fantastic. I spoke to Kevin Foley and Darren Ward last Friday ahead of training and I told them I thought they had trained well and it did me a favour because I had to play them both on Saturday at Burnley.
"We have lost a lot of players through injury but I can still put a good team out. It makes it harder to leave players out who are good lads like Foley and Ward. They haven't done anything wrong. I almost wish I didn't like them because it would be easy to say 'you are out of the team now get out of my office'."
McCarthy's approach is certainly appreciated by winger Michael Kightly, who has started to do some running after ankle surgery recently.
Kightly explained how highly respected McCarthy was among the Wolves squad at the Fans' Parliament meeting and called for the supporters to show patience.
"This club has come a long way in two years and sometimes the fans forget that," he said. "What the gaffer has done here is remarkable. The younger players we have here will be even better in a couple of years' time."