Poll: How does Pearson’s rant compare to Premier League’s best?
After a magnificent run of four consecutive wins in the Premier League, it didn’t take long for things to turn sour for Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, with the Foxes boss involved in bizarre incident in the wake of his side’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea.
But the Leicester chief is not the first top-flight manager to lose his cool with the press and he certainly won’t be the last.
With that in mind, today’s poll is a rather simple one: what is the greatest Premier League manager rant of all time? Here are the top six candidates.
Having already been involved in some fairly cringe worthy incidents involving both players and members of the press this season, Pearson’s latest outburst saw the Foxes boss label one reporter an “ostrich”. Words fail.
When Blackburn raced into a seemingly unassailable lead in the Premier League back in 1994/95, Sir Alex Ferguson attempted some of his famous “mind games” in a bid to unsettle the rivals. It failed. A year later, however, and both Newcastle and their manager took the bait. The rest is history.
For so long the Spaniard was coolness personified at Liverpool. But then Ferguson got involved with his “mind games” and Benitez took the bait. A bizarre press conference followed, with the Reds manager producing a rather odd sheet of “facts” in an incident that had shades of Keegan about it.
There was a time when Kinnear had a reputation as a fine Premier League manager, having kept Wimbledon in the top-flight for seven years. But Newcastle fans will now always remember him as “JFK” after this expletive-laden rant. No prizes for guessing what the ‘F’ stood for.
Harry Redknapp may love a good transfer deadline day scoop or five, but whatever you do, don’t call the former West Ham and QPR boss a wheeler-dealer. Unfortunately no one passed that memo on to Sky Sports’ Rob Palmer, whose line of questioning prompted a right old strop from ‘Arry.
Louis Van Gaal
The Dutchman’s career is littered with angry exchanges and while we were tempted to include his post-match “facts sheet” fiasco after arguing against the notion that Manchester United are long-ball side, we prefer his rather tetchy performances after a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
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