Andy Reid was the victim of an elaborate wind-up via text messages while the team were away in Bolton this week.
The new boy from Nottingham Forest signed up late on Monday night and didn't meet up with his teammates until training on Wednesday. The midfielder received a number of text messages he thought were from Martin Jol that began with the Head Coach wishing him well on joining the club.
"Yeah, he sent me a couple of texts just to welcome me into the club and tell me I can call him gaffer or boss," recalled Andy.
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"It is the first time it has ever happened to me, getting texts from the boss, and it was quite nice at the time - a nice gesture. Until I found out it was him!"
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Him, you will not be surprised to discover, was his Republic of Ireland teammate Robbie Keane, who takes up the story...
"I just texted him saying: 'Hi Andy, just to wish you good luck and I'm delighted that you've joined us'.
"I got one back later saying 'thanks Martin, I am really excited'.
"So I sent him one the next day saying 'Good morning Andy, how fit are you?' He replied saying that he felt good, had been training and playing games. I sent another asking how his mental state was followed by one stating that from now on it is gaffer or boss.
"I got one back with the message 'that's okay with me, I feel good mentally'."
Robbie was all for keeping the text conversations ticking along, but one of the boys took pity on Andy and put him in the picture.
"I've never had a boss text me before so I didn't really know," added the 22-year-old. "Luckily enough one of the lads asked if he was going to tell me, although he was going to keep it going. I cottoned on from then and fell about laughing.
"I'll get him back, it's early days yet."
Last word - as usual - to Robbie... "Hey, he won't or he'll get it ten times worse!"