10 Angriest World Football Coaches in Recent History

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterOctober 4, 2011

10 Angriest World Football Coaches in Recent History

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    When most people think of football managers, they tend to picture the same thing.

    It usually looks something like this: An older, well dressed guy walks the sidelines, dispensing wisdom to his players calmly. After the match he shakes hands with his opponent and joins him for a glass of wine.

    Only it's not like that at all.

    Even the most intellectual, restrained managers have moments when they flip out. Think about Arsene Wenger and the water bottle incident. Or think of Arsene Wenger and the Old Trafford incident.

    The point is this: Every football manager deals with enough stress to make the calmest, most reasonable man go insane.

    But these 10 guys take that to another level. These 10 guys make anger an art form.

    There's no other art form quite like it.

Roy Keane

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    Roy Keane is probably the angriest man in world football history.

    As a player, he ended Alf-Inge Haaland's career out of pure spite; nearly started a riot in the tunnel while arguing with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira before a match (check out his eyes at the :57 mark—dang, that's Sean Miller-Patriot Games style there, son); and refused to play in the 2002 World Cup over a disagreement with his manager.

    Then he became a manager.

    Check out this piece by former player Richard Sadlier in the Irish Independent. Sadlier was trying to make a comeback with Sunderland after an injury cut short his career with Milwall. Unfortunately for him, Roy Keane was the manager.

    And Keane hadn't changed one bit.

    It may amuse or impress people to learn of such idiosyncrasies, but the view from the dressing room of Keane was often one of bemusement, and frustration. When instruction or direction was needed one day, he opted instead to aim a karate-style kick at the tactics board. During one half-time break when the team was trailing 3-0, his decision to sit arms-folded in a chair in total silence contributed nothing to the chance of an improved second-half performance.

    Yup, that's Keano, all right. Angry. Moody. Petulant. Convinced he's smarter than everyone else.

    Keane gets extra points for that way-cool Mahmoud Ahmadinejad beard he grew a few years back (pictured in this slide). Because, you know, one is a crazy maniac who wants to kill us all. And the other is the President of Iran.

Neil Lennon

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    Roy Keane's natural successor, Neil Lennon, is the former captain and current manager of Celtic.

    He's from Northern Ireland, whereas Keane is from the Republic of Ireland. Lennon's playing career didn't include the same shenanigans as Keane's, but he's catching up with the anger on the managing front.

    Every day it's something else. Lennon is angry about his team's performance. Lennon is angry about the refs. Lennon is angry at his team again. Lennon is angry at the other team's manager.

    That last one is great because, really, all we need is for Celtic fans and Rangers fans back to their old ways, fighting with each other (fast forward to the 6:35 mark).

Sir Alex Ferguson

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    "What?!? Fergie?!" I hear you asking. "But he looks like my grandpa!"

    Well, your grandpa has a bit of a temper, son.

    Sure, when things are going well, Alex Ferguson is the world's best winner.

    But when things don't go right, he tends to be a bit of a baby from time to time.

    He's also abusive to his players in the locker room and abusive to reporters he doesn't like.

    But, you know, he wins a lot.

    Maybe they should remake Varsity Blues. In England. With James Van der Beek locking up Fergie instead of Jon Voight.

    Yeah, that would be awesome.

Neil Warnock

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    How angry is Neil Warnock? Let us count the ways.

    He called an opposing striker a "sewer rat." Oh, and that player just happened to be black.

    He got in a dispute with a player over spitting.

    He angered a player enough to get called a derogatory name for a man's private region.

    He got in trouble for making gestures on the touchline.

    He got in another dispute with another player over a red card.

    He has cultivated a long-time blood-feud dispute with a fellow manager.

    He called a referee "some bald-headed bloke" after making what Warnock considered a bad call.

    And so on.

    All this earned him the nickname Mr. Angry from the Daily Mail.

    That sounds about right. It's no surprise Warnock has bounced around from club to club. As of this season, he has managed 12 clubs: Gainsborough Trinity, Burton Albion, Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay United, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

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    Luiz Felipe Scolari won the World Cup as manager of Brazil. Somehow, even that didn't make him less angry.

    Scolari is famous for his crazy antics on the touchline during games. Before you say that he's only crazy and not angry, check out this clip.

    (While we're doing the whole Portuguese thing, check out this clip, too. I have no idea what that guy is saying, but dang, he's funny.)

    There's more than one reason Scolari has managed 22 club and national teams. One reason is that he's good. The other is that he's insufferable.

Joe Kinnear

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    Only one incident needs to be presented as evidence in the case of Joe Kinnear.

    Here is Exhibit A. (Warning: EXTREME language.) This comes from the press conference just after Kinnear was named Newcastle United's manager in 2008.

    If you're wondering, that's a total of 52 swear words.

    And no, Kinnear didn't last at Newcastle. He was let go the following year. I don't think I have to tell you he suffered a heart episode a few months later.

    By the way, that recording raises the issue of the cuteness of English cursing. To Americans, all you English people have the cutest accents. You sound so refined and dignified and, well, better than us.

    So when you curse, we can't help but smile and say "aww, how cute."

    Sorry. But it's true.

Kevin Keegan

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    Speaking of rants by Newcastle managers, here's Kevin Keegan.

    King Kev, as he's known, was managing Newcastle in a tight Premiership race during the 1996-97 season. His team was slipping and Manchester United was about to take the lead for good.

    Keegan, who's known for his interestingly candid statements, melted down during an interview. Here's a video.

    "I will love it if we beat them!"

    We bet you would, Kev. We bet you would.

Sam Allardyce

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    Sam Allardyce, who has had spells as manager of Limerick, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, is known by the nickname "Fat Sam."

    It might as well be "Mad Sam" for all his anger problems.

    He angrily challenged an opposing player to man up and apologize.

    He railed against English football for, well, whatever.

    He launched an attack on an outgoing striker.

    And so on.

Diego Maradona

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    Don't be fooled.

    Maradona isn't just crazy. He's angry.

    He was angry as a player.

    And he was angry as a manager.

Jose Mourinho

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    The Special One has cultivated an image of calmness, coolness and sophistication during his time with Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    But when he's dealing with Barcelona, he can't contain his rage.

    Here, he accuses UEFA of favoring Barca. He might or might not be right, but one thing is for sure.

    He's angry.


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