Click on a sporting website of your choice and someone somewhere will be discussing whether the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger or Brendan Rodgers is 'cracking under pressure'.
It all kicked off with Mourinho's crass and petulant behaviour that saw a respected physio demoted because she 'did her job' and has now snowballed with Rodgers sounding more deluded by the day and Mr Calm & Cool himself, Wenger, losing his rag.
Pleat of course has been in football for a long time - either as a manager or a radio/TV pundit - but he should know that this is nothing new.
Managers from time immemorial have had their moments of being spiky.
Those claiming this is only a recent phenomena would do well to check the archives, view old clips and read articles of yesteryear.
The men in the dugout have always reached boiling point at some stage - even when they win a cup final like Rangers' Jock Wallace back in the 1980s:
It was said that one would have an easier time getting a double-page spread where the head of the KGB would spill the beans than getting past one minute with Stein without being flayed alive.
In retrospect, Stein was building up an "us v them" mentality at Parkhead which he reckoned needed to sharpen his team's focus and ensure their domination over Rangers would continue.
As the doyen of TV broadcasting, Archie MacPherson once revealed about his first encounter with Stein:
“Jock detested the BBC. When I joined, [the BBC] he didn’t know me, but he knew I was associated with Peter Thompson, a well know Rangers supporter.
"I remember when I discussed the BBC with him he told me, 'The head of the house is a Rangers man'; he thought you were either ‘for us or against us’.
“He would not give the BBC an interview unless it was broadcast live in case it was edited out of context. I had to work at winning his confidence."
Chances are, he would have known exactly what he was doing with approach to media relations. Gruff to a journalist one minute, giving another an exclusive the next.
Some managers also feel the need to show both players and fans that they 'care' and deliberately pick a moment to launch a tirade as a means of getting everyone associated with the club to 'rally round'.
Wenger may have been doing exactly the same earlier this week - showing his team that he is backing them to the hilt by defending them in public.
After all, if the Frenchman was really cracking up because of 'pressure' his stern rebuke to the BBC reporter might have resembled this meltdown from Leyton Orient's John Sitton in 1995:
In fairness to Wenger (and even Mr Sitton who has not found a job in management since that documentary was aired), such lapses do allow to see the human side of a football manager.
Many of them have become robotic of late. Being tight-lipped and muttering hackneyed clichés when they do decide to say something (check any Robbie Neilson or Chris Hughton interview).
Wenger himself, prior to this week, would have been lumped into the 'Mr Boring' brigade. So why such a downer when he does reveal something else to his character?
Same with Mourinho. He may well be an unsophisticated, arrogant oaf - but we can't help but watch when he appears on the screen just to see what wild-eyed nonsense he comes out with next.
You certainly don't tune in to watch a Paul Lambert press conference if Jose's on the other channel at the same time.
And who's to say that some managers are not deliberate with their spiky attitude? The below clip involving Brian Clough is over 30 years old and yet people still talk about it:
Clough could be spiky of course. But he was the type of person who'd berate you one minute and offer you a whisky the next.
Another hard-nosed character is Alex Ferguson. He was notorious for his confrontational attitude towards the media. Like Stein he would build up a "you're all against us" mindset when he was manager at Aberdeen and Manchester United respectively.
The siege mentality of Ferguson seemed to work given that his sides at Pittodrie and Old Trafford bought into the media conspiracy theory that he would cultivate and always gave the impression that they were sticking two fingers to the scribes whenever they walked off the pitch after yet another victory.
Yet despite the nasty attitude, the media still found him intriguing (although winning trophies does help) yet no one would suggest that Ferguson was ever on the verge of 'cracking up'.
When you look at today's managers, who are supposedly breaking under the strain because they've been prickly at press conferences, meltdown is not always round the corner.
Some of the venom that may spew forth from their mouths may be vile and unwelcome but, it is worth noting that in many cases, the rant will probably be calculated and planned.
Stein, Clough and Ferguson certainly had it down to a tee.
It's when managers start losing it like Sitton that you know something is not right.
And when the likes of Jim McLean start hitting you, then there is a genuine problem.