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The Most Explosive Football Manager Rants

September 08, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Football management is undoubtedly a pressurised profession, although this hardly accounts for some of the outbursts that we have seen from coaches over the decades. Take the recent diatribe of a local journalist by Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, who described his foe as an ‘ostrich’ and accused him of displaying an unfair bias against the club. While some may argue that this type of verbal assault is designed to deliver self-motivation, it is a wonder what goes through managers’ minds when they explode in front of fans, players and journalists.

The football rant never ceases to make us laugh, and in the words of King Kev we love it, just love it when it happens. Here are out top three moments managers have gone slightly potty…

Kevin Keegan (Newcastle United, 1996)

Perhaps the most famous managerial meltdown of all time, Keegan’s dissent into madness is even more unfortunate given that it was captured live on Sky Sports after Newcastle had suffered a devastating defeat in the Premier League title run-in. Coming on the back of Manchester United’s relentless pursuit and psychological pressure (which had combined to obliterate the 12 point lead that the Geordies had held at the end of January), Keegan responded to a number of subtle jibes by Alex Ferguson with significant shouting, posturing and finger pointing. It was to no avail, however, as United won the league four days later and Keegan’s rant became the defining moment of his managerial career.

Paolo Di Canio (Swindon Town, 2012)

In many ways, the fiery Italian’s managerial career has been one long outburst, punctuated by only brief periods of calm. Perhaps the pick of Di Canio’s rants came during his time as Swindon manager, during which he criticised players and even challenged fans who disagreed with his methods to ‘go and support Oxford United’. This did not go down well, and although Di Canio survived to enjoy relative success at Swindon his outburst did little to win him a long-term place in the hearts of supporters.

John Sitton

Former Leyton Orient manager John Sitton has become something of a YouTube legend, although it only takes a glance at his half-time team talks to understood why his managerial career was ultimately cut short. From sacking underperforming players to challenging others to a dressing room fight, Sitton’s passionate and aggressive approach was thankfully committed to film for everyone to enjoy. A human resources nightmare, his career was mercifully ended before anyone could come to any actual physical harm! Oh, and of course this video is NSFW!

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