A focus on respecting rules such as timekeeping has played a part in the club’s surprising start to a Premier League season
This week Troy Deeney let slip details of the system of fines introduced by Javi Gracia this season. “They used to be done by the players,” he said. “This year the gaffer took charge and he’s made it so all the fines are very steep and nobody’s messing about. I think everybody likes their money too much.” By way of example he said that latecomers to training are now penalised at the eyebrow-raising rate – even if it still is not the stiffest such penalty in the division – of £100 a minute.