Tuesday 24 October 2017

When managers attack: football bosses losing their tempers on the touchline

Jose Mourinho tugs the ear of Barcelona's assistant coach Tito Vilanova three years ago. Photo: YouTube
Jose Mourinho tugs the ear of Barcelona's assistant coach Tito Vilanova three years ago. Photo: YouTube

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was fined £100,000 and given a formal warning after he headbutted Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew was sent off after he became involved in a heated argument with Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

But this is not the first time Pardew, and other football managers who should know better, have misbehaved on the touchline.

Alan Pardew v Manuel Pellegrini

Alan Pardew was caught on camera calling Manchester City manager Pellegrini a ‘f****** old c***’ during City’s 2-0 win at St James’ Park in January.

 The Newcastle boss escaped punishment on that occasion, but an FA spokesman said: "We have been in contact with Alan Pardew and reminded him of his responsibilities..."

Pardew later apologised to the Chilean.

Delio Rossi v Adem Ljajic

Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi lost his job in the immediate aftermath of an attack on one of his own players in 2012.

 Adem Ljajic was substituted 32 minutes into the club's 2-2 draw with Novara, the player reacted by sarcastically applauding his coach and Rossi went bananas.

Paolo Di Canio v Leon Clarke

Ever-volatile Italian Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio had a word with Leon Clarke after the club's League Cup defeat to Southampton in 2011.

Clarke became embroiled in a row with fitness coach Claudio Donatelli and Di Canio intervened, but the manager and player were soon involved in a fight of their own.

"Fortunately, he’s out now, even if he’s under contract." said Di Canio after the altercation. "He’s never going to play with my team again, never."

"He doesn’t deserve to wear the Swindon Town shirt in front of the fans."

Jose Mourinho v 'Pito' Vilanova

In 2011, Spanish Copa de Rey game between Real Madrid and Barcelona erupted after Marcelo flew in on Cesc Fabregas and the players all came together in a mass brawl.

 As the fight escalated, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was seen to sidle over to Tito Vilanova, poke the Barcelona assistant coach's eye, then sidle off again.

After the game, Mourinho famously claimed he hadn't even heard of “Pito Vilanova”.

Ümit Özat v pitch invader

In 2011, manager of Turkish side Ankaragucu Ümit Özat, punched one of his own fans as the unfortunate pitch invader celebrated his side's equaliser against rivals Manisaspor.

The coach initially appeared to gee up the Ankaragucu fans as he raced out of his dugout, dramatically throwing his notebook on the floor and punching the air with delight. But moments later Özat was laying into the young supporter, after releasing a powerful right hook and putting him on the ground

Özat then stamped on the victim's head.

Özat was later banned for six matches and fined. He is now the manager of Manisaspor.

Brian Clough v pitch invaders

The late Nottingham Forest manager was charged with bringing the game into disrepute, fined £5,000 and banned from the touchline of all Football League grounds for the rest of the season after he famously lashed out at pitch invaders following a League Cup quarter-final tie against QPR in Feb 1989.

He later apologised to the fans concerned and told them to kiss him by way of apology.

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