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  Saturday, 4 May, 2002, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
David Brent's Cup guide
Ricky Gervais steps into his role as David Brent in The Office to offer an FA Cup guide
David Brent offers his help to Wenger and Ranieri
Comedian Ricky Gervais, who plays David Brent in hit BBC comedy The Office, steps into character to give the low-down on what it takes to lead a side to FA Cup glory.

On management...

Managing a Premiership football team is a bit like running a successful paper merchants. There's a lot of similarities.

I have to pick the right team, I have to lead by example, I have to instil trust and discipline.

And sometimes we have a game of football out the back. So it's similar there as well.

On motivation...

A manager's role at this stage in the proceedings has never been as important.

The players are picked, they've done the physical, they're tuned to perfection. But are they ready mentally?

Are they in the right frame of mind to do the job? Have they got the will to win?

That's where we come in. Motivation and confidence.

And that's from the goalkeepers to the goalscorers.

David Seaman of Arsenal
David Seaman receives a "boost"

You gotta be boosting them.

"Mr Seaman, you are the best goalkeeper in the world. No you're not playing today but you know...

"No your hair doesn't look stupid.

"Of course moustaches are still the north.

"Jokanovic, chill out. How do you know they're booing you?

"Yes, I know it hurts more when it's your own team."

But you know, boosting them.

On inspiration...

My PE teacher Mr Morris was the one who got me interested in football. It was because of his inspirational management.

He was fair but firm.

Unorthodox for sure.

If you forgot your football kit he wouldn't make you play in your underpants. He thought underpants were unhygienic. So he made you play with nothing on your bottom half.

But to be fair, he was not a hypocrite. He imposed the same rules on himself if he forgot his kit. He was a bit scatter, he forgot his kit every week.

On proliferation...

I think the greatest thing about football is that it's for everyone.

It's not just for men, and anyone who says it is is a sexist, which I hate.

Women can watch football too. A lot of players are very attractive. Not to me though of course, to women.

On concentration...

There's a couple of guys in the studio that prove my point.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson
Lawrenson always showed complete concentration

Do you think that Alan Hansen or Mark Lawrenson would have had the careers they had if they had had the skills but not the discipline? If they didn't have the concentration?

It's not easy passing the ball back to the goalkeeper every single time you get it. For 90 minutes.

They got out of the game before they changed the backpass rule. One step ahead you see.

David Brent
"Football management is like running a large paper company"
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