Argh, sorry I didn´t follow the discussion completely (managing a tournament at the moment).
I agree with Martin.
The idea behind the rule "picks should be send to the correct manager" was that when a manager asks someone else to post the OOP, players should send to the manager and not to the one who posts the OOP. For example in Bastad this week orangehat asked sfar and me to post an OOP, because he is in a different timezone. (sfar was a bit faster than me
In Newport it was a bit strange, because the manager posted the OOP but asked in it to send to someone else. It would have been better if the manager changed the headline directly after he posted the OOP or at least if the assistant manager him/herself posted the OOP.
EDIT: I remember that Mahqz often can´t manage qualifying but he puts the name of the assistant manager in the headline as soon as the OOP is posted.