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5 of the most intense managers on the touchline

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Newcastle United v Sunderland - Premier League
Di Canio (C) celebrates a goal against Newcastle

Managers in the modern game have a difficult task on their hands handling the football club, the players, the fans and the media in its many forms. Most of the world's top managers are so dedicated and passionate about the game that their antics on the touchline help motivate their players but comes across as intense to the viewer. 

While that is only one method of getting through to the players, managers also have to keep their sense of calm to a certain degree or risk getting penalised for their actions.  

Here we profile five managers in the game who are considered to be the most intense coaches on the touchline in modern day football. 


#5 Paolo di Canio 

Sunderland v Everton - Premier League
Former Sunderland manager Di Canio celebrates a goal

Former Swindon Town and Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio was one of the most intense managers in world football on the touchline. The Italian was feared by his players who claimed the manager didn't like the players smiling whilst training. Di Canio was the manager of the Black Cats for a single season in 2013 and hasn't taken up a managerial role since. 

Before his move to the Stadium of Light, Di Canio was in charge of Swindon for two seasons and guided the club to a promotion to League 1, before resigning due to the lack of financial funds available to retain players.

Di Canio was a feisty character on the touchline and has been sent to the stands on numerous occasions in addition to getting into a pitch-side altercation with his own players. The former West Ham United and Juventus player, Di Canio was a fierce footballer during his day but was also very skilful and technically gifted. 

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