Everyone is entitled to an opinion but put a football manager in front of a television camera and more often than not, you’ll get more than what you asked for. From Arsene Wenger to Sir Alex Ferguson, from Rafa Benitez to Jose Mourinho, few bosses escape the odd managerial meltdown.
Excuses such as bad refereeing decisions, the mind games of other managers, inappropriate questions from journalists, the players, the owners, the fans…we’ve heard them all!
Here are five of the best moments when bosses have quite simply, lost the plot.
Paolo Di Canio (Swindon Town)
Where else could you start really? Di Canio seems to have had more outbursts than most: urging Swindon Town fans to go and support rivals Oxford if they were unhappy with his management of the team, ranting and verbally attacking Sunderland following his dismissal, kicking over water bottles, scuffling with Leon Clarke…
However, no one will forget Di Canio’s pre half-time fight with his goalkeeper during his spell as manager at Swindon Town, as the Italian subbed Wes Foderingham, blaming him for making the mistake that led to the goal. The keeper exchanged heated words with Di Canio as he left the field and chose to remain in the stands for the rest of the game.
Despite demanding an apology, the ex-Sunderland boss soon backtracked and reinstated Foderingham as his number one keeper.