Danny Mills believes Sarri’s public criticism of players is a last ploy to get results improving.

“It’s a last resort to come out and criticise your players publicly,” said Mills. “You’ve tried in training, you’ve tried to sort things out, you’ve told them time and time again and they haven’t responded.”

“So as a last resort you go ‘okay, maybe if I say to the world they’re not putting a shift in, they may start thinking it’s their attitude or whatever it is, and it might just give them that little bit of extra impetus to go and perform’.”

“It’s not quite desperation stakes but it’s not far from it to try and get some sort of reaction. It can go one of two ways. Some players react incredibly well. (Didier) Drogba thrived on pressure, every time he was criticised that made him step up.”

“Jose Mourinho said when he was at Manchester United that some players asked not to be criticised because they couldn’t handle it in front of the group. So you’ve got be aware in this day and age of different mentalities from individual players.”

“Gone are the days when you can just blanket cover everybody and treat everybody the same. It doesn’t happen and maybe Sarri is trying to learn a little bit about his players, what makes them work and how he can get the best out of them.”

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