Eight managers who forbid foods as Antonio Conte bans ketchup at Tottenham

With the margins being so fine in professional football, even a tiny change on or off the pitch can make a difference – which can lead to a war on food.

Every manager keeps a close eye on the diet of their players and they often identify something which they feel needs taking off the menu.

Whether banning certain items from the club canteen does impact on performances is up for debate, but loads of top-class gaffers have done just that, so there must be some method to the madness.

Antonio Conte's dislike of condiments is just one of many forbidden food tales. Daily Star Sport are taking a look at eight other managers who have done the same.

Pep Guardiola

Despite reaching great heights with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola was struggling to get a grip on Manchester City in his first season in charge.

He knew his tactics weren't to blame, so instead started investigating the food intake of his squad.

The inquest led the Spanish manager to outlaw chocolate. Three Premier League titles, fourth League Cups and one FA Cup followed, so who's to say it didn't do the trick.

Claudio Ranieri

What food would you ban if you were in charge? Let us know in the comments section.

As Claudio Ranieri guided Leicester to a historic title win in the 2015/16 season, his players often had reason to celebrate.

And they did this by eating chicken burgers after games.

It seemingly did them no harm, but as struggles followed in the next campaign, Ranieri gave the burgers the chop – before he then received the same treatment from the Foxes hierarchy.

David Moyes

Replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss was a hard act to follow for David Moyes, and his ban on chips didn't help at all, as Patrice Evra recently explained.

He said in his book (via The Times): "I remember one time when the left-back Alex Büttner had a massive plate of chips in the hotel before a game, which the manager objected to and banned.

"Chips aren’t the best food for a professional athlete so I can understand that, and David had a point, but the story appeared in a newspaper two days later.

"David was slaughtered in the media for making changes like that and he reacted by letting players eat chips again."

Fabio Capello

Children must be taught bad stories about condiments when growing up in Italy, because like Conte, Fabio Capello has a strong hate for the things.

His first order of business after being appointed England manager was to ban ketchup, brown sauce and butter.

The move didn't go down well amongst the Three Lions squad and set the tone for a disastrous spell in charge.

Juande Ramos

Juande Ramos told his new Tottenham squad they were unfit and it had been caused by the consumption of sauce – so he banned every single one.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara revealed to talkSPORT it was as bad as it sounds, so he and his team-mates went to extreme lengths.

The training ground security guard would sneak out and get them McDonalds behind Ramos' back.

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger revolutionised English football in more ways than one, and in 1996 banned his Arsenal players from drinking, smoking, and – eating Mars bars.

Former Gunner Nigel Winterburn said it went even further than that, telling Dream Coach TV: “He banned everything. After training, we’d all eat upstairs and it was fish, all chicken, all quite plain.

“When we used to travel away we used to use the train quite a lot and you used to see the guy or the lady coming through with the trolley, all the cakes and everything, and he used to just stand up and shake his finger.”

Paolo Di Canio

It comes as no surprise that the eccentric Paolo Di Canio had his own very unique take on forbidden foods at Sunderland.

Ahead of the 2013/14 season he outlined the reasons why mayonnaise, ketchup, coke, ice and coffee all had to go from his players' diets.

The hardline approach was a humongous failure – the former West Ham star was sacked just five games after implementing the rules.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is one of the best coaches out there and looks at the ins and outs of the game to get ahead.

His attention to detail is so great, in fact, that he's figured out there are right and wrong times to be eating eggs.

Unlike some of the previously mentioned items, they are healthy, but the Reds have 'no egg days' shortly before matches because the protein and fat can take a while to digest.

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