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5 dirtiest managers in football 

Amit Mishra
ANALYST
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11.26K   //    14 Sep 2017, 04:11 IST

Alan Pardew headbutts David Meyler
Alan Pardew headbutts David Meyler

If you're sitting at home thinking that the 22 players playing on the pitch are the only ones who can contribute to a dirty challenge or a nasty moment, ala Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Håland or more recently or Luis Suarez on Georgio Chiellini, you're wrong.

If you narrow it down, football is obviously 11v11 on the field (and, of course, the substitutes), but a lot of the mentality has something to do with the managers in the dugout. While the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are more immersed into barking out instructions from the touchline, there are a few managers who play a rather more cerebral game to get the result they want.

In this piece, we take a look at some of the managers who might get the results they want but have created an image of being a dirty ol' gaffer on the touchline.

#5 Alan Pardew

Although Alan Pardew was at one point in time touted as a future England manager, his stocks have fallen considerably in the last few seasons. While the ridiculous celebration against Manchester United after his side scored in the 2016 FA Cup final didn't help, Pardew is the only manager to have suffered seven successive defeats in the Premier League with three different Premier League clubs.

But what is perhaps worse than all that is his behaviour on the touchline. Calling Manuel Pellegrini a 'f***ing old c**t' was bad enough, but headbutting a player -- Hull City's David Meyler -- on the pitch? Downright unacceptable for a top-flight manager.

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