The Unhappiest Player and Manager Unveilings in English Football

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

The Unhappiest Player and Manager Unveilings in English Football

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    Wolves have made their first summer signing in the form of Tommy Rowe, who has come from Peterborough on a free transfer.

    The precocious winger may be internalising his positive feelings, but on the outside, he didn't look pleased at his player unveiling. Cheer up, Tommy!

    In light of this cheerless posing, here are some of the unhappiest unveilings of players and managers from the beautiful game.

Emmanuel Frimpong at Barnsley

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    On the 2014 winter deadline day, Emmanuel Frimpong was transferred by his boyhood club Arsenal to Championship strugglers Barnsley.

    The Ghanaian midfielder looked extremely unimpressed at his unveiling and made his displeasure clear with a Tweet that read, "How am I gonna draw girls now?"

    Frimpong was sent off 30 minutes into his debut, and when the Tykes were relegated at the end of the season, he was released

John Aldridge to Real Sociedad

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    John Aldridge spent his life as a Liverpool supporter and was finally given the opportunity to play for his beloved Reds in 1987.

    However, in September 1989, just a few months after he missed a penalty in the FA Cup Final against Wimbledon that helped deny Liverpool the double, the Scouse striker was transferred to Real Sociedad.

    In an interview before his departure, Aldridge wept as he explained that he didn't want to leave.

    Once in the Basque country, he failed to settle and eventually came back to the North West with a move to Tranmere in 1991.  

Michael Owen to Newcastle

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    At the end of the 2004-05 season, it became clear that Michael Owen was being pushed toward the exit at Real Madrid, leading many to believe a move back to the Premier League was in the cards.

    There was much speculation that the England striker wished to return to Liverpool, but the club apparently baulked at Los Blancos' asking price. Instead, he accepted a club-record offer from Newcastle, fully aware that the chips had not fallen in his favour.   

Andy Carroll to Liverpool

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    On deadline day in January 2011, Andy Carroll signed for Liverpool for a preposterous £35 million a few hours after the Mersey club had spent £22.8 million on some chap named Luis Suarez

    The Geordie striker did not have a good experience at Anfield, but he was unhappy from the very start, apparently claiming that he didn't want to leave Newcastle and that he had been forced to hand in a transfer request. 

Robinho to Manchester City

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    As the summer deadline approached at the start of the 2008-09 season, Robinho was so desperate for a move away from Real Madrid to Premier League suitors Chelsea that he reportedly cried in the office of Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon. 

    The Brazilian looked to be getting his way, but Manchester City signalled their intent to start playing with the big boys by hijacking the deal at the 11th hour.

    Robinho was criticised by many—including Pele—for taking City's money, and in his first press conference, he mistakenly referred to the club as Chelsea. Whoops. 

Iain Dowie to Charlton

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    After his Crystal Palace side crashed out of the Championship play-offs in 2006, Iain Dowie was released by the club by mutual consent, as he claimed he wanted to be closer to his family in Bolton. 

    However, just eight days later, Dowie was revealed as the new manager of Charlton. During his first press conference, he was served with a writ by Palace, whose chairman Simon Jordan was infuriated by what he (and a High Court judge) deemed a deception.  

Alex McLeish to Aston Villa

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    Alex McLeish wasn't the first manager to take charge of two fierce rivals—George Graham, for example, had crossed enemy lines at Arsenal and Tottenham—but the Scot caused some bad blood in 2011 by joining Aston Villa just five days after quitting Birmingham via email

    McLeish's unveiling was overshadowed by unhappiness from Villa and Birmingham fans and an official request for compensation from his former employers. 

    He lasted a single season at Villa Park, where he narrowly avoided relegation and recorded the worst win percentage of any manager in the club's history. 

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