Sven Goran Eriksson has had some truly bizarre moments during his managerial career so far, but even by his standards, his latest sacking really takes the biscuit.
The former Manchester City and England manager has been in charge of Chinese club Shenzhen for the last six months, but has been given his marching orders via a POEM.
No, you didn’t read that incorrectly.
Eriksson had been expected to lead the club back to the top-flight Chinese Super League, but when he failed, the writing was always on the wall.
But, according to Joe, rather than sacking the Swede officially and notifying the club’s fans and media, they simply put a poem up on their website welcoming the return of their former coach Wang Baoshan as manager.
It read: ‘Eleven years ago, you led Shenzhen football and never let us down.
‘Nine years ago, you took over responsibilities and saved Shenzhen football.
‘Memories of fighting together have never gone away, and now we recall the legend.
‘For Shenzhen, we are reunited, starting a new trip together.
‘Coach Wang, welcome home.’
Shenzhen did eventually confirm Eriksson’s departure – but not after the poem had been released to the world.