Jurgen Klopp rode in to clean up the mess at Liverpool and insisted: “I am the law.”
Even before high noon on Friday, the German appeared with his six-shooter blazing as he kicked open the Reds’ dressing-room door and bluntly told his new team it is his way or the highway.
In an impressive display, the latest manager to attempt to return long-lost glory to Anfield showed he will take no prisoners after promising to deliver the title.
“We have to do it one way and that is my way. They have to listen to what I say, that is very important,” new boss Klopp said, with a hint of steel in his voice.
“If you have the ball, you have to be creative but you have to be prepared that if you lose the ball the counter-pressing is very important. It is very important in football. It is not a proposal, it is law.
“You cannot decide ‘Ummmm…’ You have to do it – and you will. That is what we all have to learn.
“I believe it is better to have 11 players do the same thing wrong than everybody doing what they want.”
Klopp said that if he was sitting in the same chair in four years’ time, then it would be after winning at least one title.
And he made it clear if he earns a new contract by delivering that Premier League trophy – after signing an initial three-year deal – then he will have done it on his own terms, because he very firmly asserted he is the boss at Anfield.
The former Dortmund hero almost punched the table as he made the point, saying he wasn’t a coach, but a manager…and dismissed the idea he would let others take responsibility in the transfer market while he stuck to the training ground.
“I work as a manager. Ask all the people. I do this what I always did. I am always involved, of course, in transfers,” he said.
“I am the boss of many people. I was the boss of many people in Dortmund. It is the same thing.
“You call it coach, you call it manager. It is the same thing. But I have always worked as a manager.”
Klopp admitted the circus surrounding his appointment was “the craziest situation” he had ever been involved in.
He did, though, warn that once the real work started “tomorrow, after this big trouble”, the gloves would come off as he discovers exactly who wants to be part of his Anfield revolution.
The German explained he had no interest in signing a £100million player, just those who shared his passion for the Reds.
He added: “You have to look at which players are reachable and not dream of this player or this player and then always be ‘But they don’t want to come to Liverpool’.
“If a player doesn’t want to come to Liverpool, then stay away. Really. If you think about the weather. Stay away. If you think about other things. Stay away.
“If you want to come here, you are welcome. That is the first and most important issue.”