Usually, Premier League managers are politically correct. They say things to play situations down. But, sometimes, there's just no point. It comes across as dumb, naive and out of touch.
Unfortunately for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, Friday afternoon provided one of those occasions.
Indeed, the City manager addressed the issue of Fabian Delph and his potential return to Aston Villa. He didn't exactly come out with any pearls of wisdom and declared that the 25-year-old did a lot for the club - who wanted to sell the midfielder, according to Pellegrini - and that he should be respected, not booed, as a result.
Manchester City travel to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon and Delph will likely be greeted with animosity by Villa fans.
Pellegrini pretending otherwise is, really, rather strange. Aside from simply trying to be politically correct, of course, what exactly was the point of the City boss making such naive comments?
Aston Villa fans were riled on Twitter and laughed Pellegrini's message off. If anything, Delph will be greeted with an even more hostile reception when he returns to Villa Park now. And even worse if he plays...
Pellegrini on how #AVFC fans should treat Delph on his Villa Park return Thanks for service to the club. But how you left was shambolic!— Jake (@JakeWelch_88) November 6, 2015
"Pellegrini hopes Delph gets a nice Aston Villa welcome" I'll have some of what he's on please... #avfc— Kim HarrisonSinclair (@Kimberlaar) November 6, 2015
Pellegrini - villa wanted to sell him...erm maybe we did but not for £8m after he said he wanted to stay! #avfc— Alex Jones (@jonah_rocks8) November 6, 2015