Sunderland's new manager Gus Poyet has told his squad that every player must speak English, according to Sky Sports.
Poyet took over the role at the Stadium of Light this week and is looking to make his mark on the troubled club immediately.
With a squad of 13 different nationalities in the Premier League side, it is vital that every player can communicate with each other on the pitch.
The rule comes about after Poyet himself was forced to learn English by Chelsea captain Dennis Wise after his move to the Premier League.
"Wisey was outstanding," Poyet was quoted by Sky Sports.
"One day, there were a few words in another language that Wisey didn't understand and he said 'that's it'.From then on, everyone had to speak English.
"In the beginning, you were thinking 'why did he say that?'. But he was right; spot on. It was one of the biggest decisions Dennis made in his career. Everyone had to learn English to get into the team.
"Then the families started to meet each other - mine, Gianfranco's [Zola], Roberto's [Di Matteo] and you start making a bit of a group. When you are on the pitch, you are with friends. There's a mate there.
"You should have that feeling anyway because you're playing for the club. But when it's a little bit extra, it pays off," he added.
Former Brighton and Hove Albion manager Poyet, who took over from Italian Paolo di Canio at the Black Cats, is tasked with getting Sunderland off the bottom of the Premier League after the club took only one point from their opening seven games.
The Uruguayan will have an early chance to win the hearts of the Sunderland fans when his side face fierce local rivals Newcastle on October 27.
Although, it is unlikely the game will most likely not go a long way to prove Poyet's future at Sunderland. Di Canio guided his team to a 3-0 victory over their neighbours but didn't remain popular with the fans for too long.
Poyet's first game in charge will come away to Swansea on Saturday October 19.
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