In the wake of the latest rant from Leicester City boss and former Sheffield Wednesday skipper Nigel Pearson, here are five more moments of managerial madness.
Kevin Keegan would ‘love it’ apparently
It was the night that Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous mind games were born. Having suggested that teams would try harder against Manchester United than they would Newcastle, as those two challenged for the title, Fergie could only sit back and laugh as Toon boss Kevin Keegan lost it on live tv. He roared: “When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds, and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce - I’ve kept really quiet, but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimation when he said that - we have not resorted to that. But I’ll tell ya - you can tell him now if you’re watching it - we’re still fighting for this title, and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something, and... and I tell you honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!” Of course Manchester United won the league.
Joe Kinnear gets a bit sweary
In 2008 Joe Kinnear rocked up at Newcastle and the players were given the day off. Journalists, rightly finding this a bit strange, wrote as much. When Kinnear came face to face with them, he turned a press conference into something more akin to Scarface with so many ‘effs’ and ‘cees’ Martin Scorsese would have politely asked him to tone it down.
John Sitton ruins any chance of future fly-on-the-wall football documentaries
There was a brief perioid in the 90s when documentaries were made about what goes on behind the scenes at football clubs. Cameras were allowed in the changing rooms. Then John Sitton, boss of Leyton Orient, went off on one like he was in a very poor cockney gangster film and teams shied away from opening up so much. Having given two of his players a verbal, foul mouthed booting, Sitton then offered to fight them, saying, “you can pair up if you like, and you can bring someone else,” before bizarrely adding, “and you can bring your ******* dinner.” Who knows whether they brought their dinner or not. Jellied eels everywhere.
Rafa Benitez - FACT
Years after burning Keegan, Ferguson was left laughing again after Rafa Benitez pulled out a note outlining moments when apparently Sir Alex had got away with stuff he shouldn’t have. That Rafa punctuated every point with the word ‘fact’ only underlined the madness of it all. Liverpool were then top of the league. They weren’t there at the end, naturally.
Phil Brown takes his team talk outside
You can get what Brown was trying to do, but frankly he made everyone look a bit stupid. Having turned in a terrible display in the first half against Man City, the Hull boss took the players back onto the pitch and give them a good telling off in front of their fans, pointing his finger that an uber-tanned demon headmaster. Everyone looked on bemused, including the Tigers’ players themselves.