Poll: Where does Bournemouth man rank in mad chairmen stakes?

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Just seven years after starting their League Two campaign off with a 17 point deduction, in the most unlikely of scenarios, Bournemouth are all but confirmed as a Premier League side next season.

Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson gave the Cherries the victory they needed to ensure that only a defeat and 20 goal swing in favour of Middlesbrough will spoil the party.

However, the star of the show after the win was the south coast side’s chairman, Jeff Mostyn.

His celebrations were of sheer, unbridled, joy, and were verging a bit on crazy!

That’s why for today’s poll we are asking you to vote on who is football’s nuttiest chairman…

Jeff Mostyn

While we can forgive Mostyn for enjoying himself after Monday night’s victory, he took it to the next level.

This video explains it all…


Sam Hammam

Probably the undisputed king of the crazy chairmen, Hammam’s spell at the helm of Wimbledon never lacked in drama.

From parading an elephant on the pitch before a Premier League tie, to promising Dean Holdsworth a camel if he scored 20 goals in a season, to forcing Spencer Prior to eat a sheep’s testicle before he bought him, Sam was your man for animal-based wackiness.

Massimo Cellino

Il mangia-allenatori or ‘The Manager Eater’, Massimo Cellino doesn’t seem to have a lot of patience when it comes to managers.

With 36 hired-and-fired in his 22 years at Cagliari, Cellino continued his notoriety at Leeds by getting to work on his unlucky number 17.

First was the retiring of the number 17 shirt, and then came the alleged sacking of Paddy Kenny, all because his birthday fell on the 17th of the month.

Vincent Tan

Tan’s arrival at Cardiff City didn’t go down well in the early years. First he changed the club’s traditional blue strip to a red one.

He then went further when he sacked head of recruitment Iain Moody and replaced him with a 23-year-old son of a friend.

Things seem to have settled down at the Cardiff City Stadium in the last year or two, but he has to make it on our shortlist for that replica shirt-suit combo.

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Delia Smith

“Where are you? Where are you?” There’s one place Delia shouldn’t have been during the half-time break at Norwich’s game with Manchester City and that was on the pitch with a microphone.

The cook’s outburst may have had good intentions for the clubs fans to get behind the team, but we feel all it did was make her look a bit silly.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.