What we can learn from post-match reaction
What can be read into a manager's post-match reaction?
The comments are often made in the heat of the moment. They are sometimes rash, frequently emotional and normally lacking the sense of perspective that thorough analysis warrants.
Occasionally as a reporter you are confronted by a furious manager who nonetheless reels off a quote that leaves you struggling to suppress a smirk.
An absolutely raging Stan Ternent springs to mind during his time in charge of Burnley. After presiding over a 3-0 defeat at Reading, Ternent opined: "We were woeful, everything went wrong, a blind man on a galloping horse could see that."
I thought it was poetic, almost Shakespearean and, coming from a manager stood on the touchline in the middle of winter, very amusing. However, it was obvious to everyone gathered around him that Ternent was not playing for laughs.
With this in mind I sifted through Tuesday's post-match quotes following a busy night of Championship football to see whether there were any pearls of wisdom that stood out among the usual raft of clichés.
We are now six fixtures into the season and the table is starting to take some kind of shape - for example, four of the pre-season favourites in Wolves, Birmingham, Reading and QPR are in the top five.
And at the top end of the table, calming the fires of expectation appears to be the order of the day.
Take, for example, Mick McCarthy, whose Wolves team are top of the table after collecting 16 points from their opening six fixtures.
After watching his team beat Crystal Palace, McCarthy delivered a blast of typical Yorkshire common sense when he said: "It's great that we've had such a good start and we're enjoying it. But it's still only a start."
Preston have been the division's early-season surprise package. They sit third and are enjoying an unbeaten start to their campaign just months after a season in which they flirted with relegation.
"There's no way I would even be thinking about promotion at the moment, maybe when there are six games left, other than six games gone."
In the middle reaches of the division, the messages seem to be more confusing.
Some managers clearly feel that their team should be performing better.
The post-match reaction to the 1-1 draw between Sheffield United and Coventry saw Blades boss Kevin Blackwell describe his team as "garbage" and insist they must learn to cope with expectation.
Not to be outdone, Sky Blues manager Chris Coleman claimed his side were guilty of "feeling sorry for themselves" after missing a penalty.
But there are often positive messages emerging from mid-table teams, with managers confident their side are on the cusp of great things.
After Charlton defeated Doncaster, boss Alan Pardew cleverly paid tribute to his own team by actually praising the Addicks beaten opponents.
"They're going to beat a lot of teams," said Pardew. "It was a tough game and I'm highly delighted with the result."
And while the teams at the top are calming things down and those in the middle are sending out mixed signals, down at the bottom the words from the wise often take the form of a stark warning.
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock saw his team win for the first time this season in the Championship at Watford and then declared: "We are not in any way out of the mire. This is going to be an uphill tussle all season."
Personal responsibility seems to be a popular theme when a manager is presiding over a struggling team.
Forest boss Colin Calderwood said "it always seems to be someone else's fault" after his team's defeat at Preston, while Barnsley boss Simon Davey said it was "down to the players" after defeat to Cardiff.
And of course, when you're not matching pre-season expectations what else is there to do but go and see your chairman.
"I'm going to have a chat and see what's available," said Hornets boss Aidy Boothroyd.
But the quote of the day on Tuesday belonged to Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws, who saw his team beaten 6-0 at Reading.
The reason for the heavy defeat?
"We were stuck in traffic travelling down here," said Laws. "We left Sheffield at 8am and didn't get to Reading until 3pm, and that showed.
"We hit accidents on the M1 and the M40 and sitting it out on a coach for seven hours isn't great. I don't want to use too many excuses but that was a major factor."
Now that is real insight - the impact of traffic jams on Championship football.