Tim Sherwood and the Premier League's 'Best' Managerial Touchline Fashion

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

Tim Sherwood and the Premier League's 'Best' Managerial Touchline Fashion

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    It can be argued that Tim Sherwood lacks the nous to manage a side with Champions League aspirations, but there is one area in which he is excelling: fierce touchline fashion.

    The Spurs boss has taken to teaming his casual pullovers with a sleeveless gilet—which he threw on the ground in rage during his side's loss to Arsenal over the weekend. 

    Tim's Next Catalogue look has inspired our list of some of the best managerial touchline fashion from the English top flight. Get ready to be dazzled.

Manuel Pellegrini's Hoodie

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    Normally there wouldn't be too much to admire about a 60-year-old man wearing a baggie hoodie to work, but Manuel Pellegrini bravely broke touchline sartorial convention when he dressed down for Manchester City's recent FA Cup defeat to Wigan.

    Some may argue that the hoodie was as loose and casual as the Citizens' performance that day, but it showed that Pellegrini can pull off the disaffected teenager look with aplomb. 

    Also, you can bet sales of that particular garment rocketed in the club shop in the days that followed.

Tony Pulis' Baseball Cap and Track Suit

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    How does Tony Pulis manage to avoid relegation every year? Perhaps his power lays in his track suit and baseball cap, much like Samson's strength was inextricably linked to his hair.

    The fact is that nobody has ever seen Pulis without a baseball cap. He was born with one, he almost certainly sleeps in one, and he probably got married in an outfit that looks like it came from the reduced rack in Sports Direct.

Jose Mourinho's Shiny Gilet

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    When Jose Mourinho first arrived in England, his sharp suits and iconic Armani jacket made him a style icon for a generation.

    In his second spell at the Bridge, the Special One has mixed it up with track suits, a puffer jacket and this lovely bodywarmer. When your body is wrapped in something that shiny, who needs sleeves?

    Seeing as every single Italian man between the ages of 20 and 50 owns a jacket like this, it's safe to say this was inspired by his time at Internazionale. 

    Regardless, Mou is clearly a trendsetter. If he starts turning up to games wearing clown makeup, you will probably see Tim Sherwood doing the same thing a few weeks later.

Arsene Wenger's Puffer Jacket

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    If there's one thing Arsene Wenger is known for, it's making excuses for his team's shortcomings. If there's a second thing he's known for, it's his inability to see any of his players commit a foul. If there's a third thing, it's his love of gigantic puffer jackets that make him appear as if he is wrapped in a wet sleeping bag.

    One has to admire the Frenchman for sticking with his favourite outerwear despite the memes he has inspired and the dozens of occasions on which he has failed to successfully operate the zipper.

Sam Allardyce's Suits

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    Sam Allardyce's biggest fashion accessory on the touchline is undoubtedly his chewing gum. He is in a permanent state of mastication and a recent picture showed he likes to load up with four packs before a big game. When he berates his players at half-time, at least they are treated to a blast of minty freshness. 

    To be fair to Big Sam, he almost always makes an effort by wearing a suit to games. However, he wears his suit in the same way as a secondhand car salesman turning up for a court appearance. He always looks as if he just won his clothes in a fight.

Brendan Rodgers' Coats

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wins plenty of plaudits for his touchline dress sense, particularly his large selection of stylish coats.

    These days, he often wears black, slim-fit sports jackets, but he attracted plenty of attention for his natty two-deck efforts, which combine a short jacket and a long coat in one handy garment. He has one in black and one in green, both with bright zip pocket detailing.  

    Such overt sartorial eloquence is fitting of a man who has a self-portrait hanging up at home. 

Alan Pardew's Wedding Wear

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    While Brendan Rodgers is stealing the attention of GQ readers everywhere with his two-in-one coats, Alan Pardew has opted for the traditional black trench coat.

    Here he looks as if he is going to chauffeur someone to a wedding straight after the match.   


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