Hollywood’s top “Goodfella” voted on-screen idol of UK’s top football managers

Yahoo! LMA interviews reveal that managers would like Robert De Niro to play them in their biopic

Robert De Niro’s classic performances in films such as “Goodfellas”, “Raging Bull” and perhaps to a lesser extent “Meet the Fockers” have earned him the dream casting call from UK’s top football managers to take on the lead role in a film based on their lives.

Over 30 managers including Brendan Rodgers, Roy Keane and Alan Pardew were asked the question as part of Yahoo’s exclusive series of interviews with members of the League Managers Association. De Niro emerged as the clear favourite to play the managers in a film of their lives. The managers’ wishful thinking also saw Clint Eastwood and George Clooney tied in second as they shared 20% of the vote.

However, Brad Pitt’s most demanding role to date could come in the form of Mick McCarthy if the former Republic of Ireland manager got his wish.  Fortunately Mr Jolie won’t have to reprise the dodgy “Oirish” accent that he failed to conjure up in the Belfast-set thriller, The Devil’s Own.

Roberto Mancini, who is always the picture of cool on the touchline, sees himself as a bit of a secret agent and nominated any James Bond actor to play him on the big screen.  As the head honcho at City, surely he’d be 001.

Breakdown of Hollywood Heroes

Robert De NiroAlan Pardew
Glenn Roeder
Kevin Keegan
Martin Jol
Steve Coppell
Clint EastwoodAvram Grant
Roy Evans
Paul Lambert
George ClooneyDavid O’Leary
Neil Warnock
Owen Coyle
Al PacinoRafa Benitez
Brian Laws
Brad PittGlenn Hoddle
Mick McCarthy
Robert RedfordSteve McClaren
Ray Wilkins
David CarrusoAlex McLeish
Liam NeesonBrendan Rodgers
Tom CruiseBryan Robson
Charlie SheenDave Bassett
Sean ConneryDavid Moyes
Nicholas CageGary McAllister
Harrison FordGerard Houllier
Dustin HoffmanGordon Strachan
James BondRoberto Mancini
Antonio BanderasRoberto Martinez
Daniel Day LewisRoy Keane
Denzel WashingtonRuud Gullit
David BellamySteve Bruce
Steve McQueenTony Adams


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