As Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fluffs up his sofa cushions and waves goodbye to touchline management for the foreseeable future, here are seven more crazy managerial incidents to get your heads stuck into (pun absolutely intended):
Jose Mourinho’s career has been littered with controversies, but none more greater than his showdowns with Barcelona during his reign at Real Madrid.
The Mourinho-Barcelona rivalry came to it’s boiling point in the 2011 Supercopa tie as Mourinho walked up behind Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova and gouged his eye. The incident came as a result of a vicious tackle on Cesc Fabregas by Marcelo, in which the aftermath saw red cards for both David Villa and Mesut Özil.
Barcelona went on to claim a 4-3 aggregate victory as Lionel Messi scored a late winner. Gerard Pique went on to accuse Madrid of the heightened tensions and claimed Mourinho was ‘destroying Spanish football.’
Manager Delio Rossi took the decision to substitute promising youngster Adem Ljajic as Fiorentina found themselves 2-0 down after 32 minutes against minnows Novara.
Ljajic didn’t take kindly to the public humiliation, sarcastically clapping his manager, only to find himself subjected to Rossi’s flying fists as the Italian reigned down punches on the 20-year-old.
Fiorentina battled their way back to a 2-2 draw but that wasn’t enough to prevent Rossi from the immediate sack.
If his playing career was anything to go by then Paolo Di Canio’s managerial one was going to be just as belligerent. And so it proved as one former colleague described his approach to the job as ‘management by hand grenade’.
Whilst as Swindon boss, Di Canio and his new recruit Leon Clarke had to be separated in the tunnel after a touchline dispute continued inside.
The player later returned to the pitch, refusing to enter the dressing room. Di Canio retained the support of the Swindon board and was publicly backed by the interim chairman for trying to defuse the situation.
The Old Firm derby has always been one of the most heated affairs in European football and the disputes between Lennon and McCoist are a microcosm of the passionate fan base of each side.
Even for the standards of the Old Firm, this Scottish Cup tie was a particularly feisty encounter. Following a kerfuffle on the stroke of half-time, three red cards, a 1-0 loss for Rangers and the overall presence of the Senegalese spitting sensation El-Hadji Diouf, Lennon and McCoist found themselves embroiled in a touchline bust-up after an ill-conceived handshake.
The men were handed four and two-match bans respectively, with Neil Lennon being forced to miss out on Celtic’s League Cup final.
After a stellar playing career, Graeme Souness didn’t go on to repeat the same level of success he enjoyed at Liverpool.
Souness caused major uproar, nearly leading to mass riots as he planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of Fenerbahce’s pitch following a 1-0 victory against their fierce rivals in the Turkish Cup final. His actions were so popular with Galatasaray fans that they nicknamed him ‘Ulubatli Souness’, in honour of the Turkish hero Ulubatli Hasan, who was murdered whilst planting an Ottoman flag during the Siege of Constantinople.
Souness went on to claim he would have done the same at Celtic Park had he stayed in the Rangers job long enough. I imagine Neil Lennon would have had something to say about that.
Ahh it’s that man again. Paolo Di Canio is clearly no stranger to public confrontations with his own players. It took him just 20 minutes to substitute goalkeeper Wes Foderingham as Swindon found themselves 2-0 down against Preston. Clearly angered, the player headed straight for the tunnel as he exchanged words with Di Canio.
In his post-match interview Di Canio labelled Foderingham as ‘one of the worst players I have ever seen in a football match.’ Di Canio threatened to immediately bring in a new stopper, despite Foderingham having previously gone more than 1,000 minutes without conceding. You wonder how Sunderland didn’t see Di Canio coming.
When footballers praise their supporters it often feels rehearsed and forced. Well there’s no doubting the love Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has for his fans. Following a brief pitch invasion as Benfica triumphed 1-0 over Vitória Guimarães, Jorge Jesus attempted to fend off the police to protect a marauding Benfica supporter.
His law-fighting campaign came to nothing as the fan was escorted away and Jesus faced the wrath of the Portuguese Football Federation as he was banned for 30 days, missing four league matches.