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10 tetchy football manager moments caught on film

Remember when Wenger went loco?

Wenger and Pardew 

In light of Roberto Mancini finally losing his cool against Everton, after the jump are ten more football managers letting off a bit of steam, using a variety of techniques.

WARNING: Some of the clips feature words that are not suitable for children, Christians, or sensitive people. 

Roy Keane

Roy Keane has the look of a man who would silently strangle you without once breaking eye contact. Here, he takes seething offence to a mobile phone going off, with quite terrifying results.

Joe Kinnear

It’s no secret that managers spend half time spitting fury as they roll off a series of intriguing swear word combinations to fire up their players for the second period. Such a gruesome ravaging of the English language goes down less well in front of a room of half-posh university graduates.

Brian Clough

One of the most notoriously tetchy managers, Clough takes a while to warm up here, but from around three minutes in, he slowly dismantles John Motson in the manner of a hungry gorilla casually pulling the limbs off a dead cat.

Harry Redknapp

When he’s not speaking, Henry Redknapp looks like he’s holding his breath, just to keep all of the swearwords in his mouth. The above clip proves that all it takes is a ball in the wrong direction, and out flows the snooker hall language like dirty champagne at a Tiger Woods sex party.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa is not a man accustomed to expressing emotion, so when he speaks you really have to listen closely. Is he happy? Is he sad? Who the hell knows? In the above clip, if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that he’s muttering words that should really be delivered in the style of a screaming alcoholic, yelling from a wheelie bin.

Arsene Wenger

To look at him, you wouldn’t think that Arsene Wenger was a hard man. In a fight situation, he’d probably be the guy jumping in and out of the action, occasionally doling out over-the-top karate chops to brawlers looking the other way. And yet, when he squared up to Pardew a few years back he actually looked like he could do some damage.

Sir Alex Ferguson

It’s well documented that an angry Ferguson can be a terrifying prospect, as he screams directly into your mouth, bits of angry spittle caking your gums, yet thankfully hiding the tears that are now flowing quite freely from each of your swollen eyeballs. Unfortunately, there isn’t a video of that. But there is one where he says “bollocks” on live television.

Graham Taylor

Forever coming across like some kind of real life Alan Partridge, Graham Taylor seemed incapable of conducting an interview throughout his time as England manager without sounding like a disgruntled traffic warden explaining to an unhappy pregnant woman that he’s just doing his job. It was a technique that he first started dabbling in way back in 1982, when he was managing Watford (above).

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has rather an impressive ranting technique, which manages to both make a point and slightly seduce you at the same time. In the above clip, he makes his dig at Ferguson, before painting a lovely picture of two men enjoying fresh wine by an open fire. Clever trick.

Kevin Keegan

The best has definitely been saved until last here. This infamous Keegan rant is the exact equivalent of picking up a dozen eggs one-by-one and smashing each one into your face with absolutely blinding force.


4 responses so far
  • Tim // March 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Where’s the Pardew Shuffle working it’s magic now?

  • R // March 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    great article.

  • Thom // March 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Haha, Graham Taylor is hilarious

  • ralph // March 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    the 1 wid ferguson, who the fuck cares about the children man, i cant seem to understand y arent people on television free to express their anger or frustration, u think in todays world the kids are saints, balls man they’l ave a stack of porn and they’ll know way more worse words than mere “BOLLOCKS” blooddy fuckin bastards censor board

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