Luton Town boss Nathan Jones once burned their training ground ping-pong table so that first-team players would take football more seriously.
The Hatters' manager, 48, has enjoyed a meteoric rise with the Bedfordshire-based club having overseen promotion to League One and the Championship in back-to-back campaigns. Now just two games away from securing a place in the play-offs, Luton are aiming for a first-ever season in the Premier League.
Such is their unlikely promotion charge, Jones was crowned Championship Manager of the Season at Sunday's English Football League awards ceremony. But in his first few months as Hatters boss, the Welshman explained drastic measures were needed to ensure their upward trajectory.
"When I came in, I felt some of the players were more concerned about being good on the table tennis table than they were about being professional footballers," he told BBC Sport.
"There was a big table tennis culture so I thought I can either cajole them and try to get them into the gym or I can burn the table tennis table. It was far easier to burn the table tennis table."
On a shoestring budget, Luton are competing with a host of ex-Premier League sides for one of the remaining two play-off spots. But despite the lesser resources at their disposal, Jones is not surprised that the Hatters are once again punching above their weight.
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He added: "Structurally, we are the envy of a lot of football clubs. We have no superstars and we have a group of players that want to achieve something – they are nowhere near their ceiling.
"Outside Luton, everyone would have thought this is a huge, huge surprise, that it couldn't be done – but inside we had that confidence that we could push boundaries this year.
"Ideally everyone would like to do fantastically well without spending a hell of a lot of money. That isn't the case in football on all levels but we do it very well."
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