When coaches attack: the 15 best managerial touchline tantrums
Chelsea coach Rui Faria was hit with a six game stadium ban this morning, for his conduct during Chelsea’s defeat to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League two weeks ago. Faria had to be held back by the rest of the coaching staff, losing his cool and earning himself an extended pre season holiday in the process. Such a display got us thinking of other great moments of coaches losing it on the touchline; here are 15 of our favourites.
1) Bob Malcolm Hits His Own Player
Blackpool. The club that makes V-flicking caretaker boss Barry Ferguson looks like a shrinking violet. The Bloomfield Road side have been, frankly, awful in the second half of the season and while they are the outsiders to go down heading into the Championship final day, things have been fraught in recent weeks. Last month, assistant boss Bob Malcolm took his frustration out on substitute Stephen Dobbie. The pair came together as Dobbie was about to come on and when Dobbie was unmoved by Malcom’s ridiculous attempt at a dummy punch, the Blackpool assistant went the whole hog and backed up his feint with a slap around Dobbie’s face. Great motivation. Unsurprisingly, Dobbie couldn’t stop them losing 1-0 to second placed Burnley.
2) Paul Ince
Malcolm wasn’t even the first Blackpool coach to draw attention for his touchline antics. Former manager, and all round nice guy, Paul Ince earned himself a five game stadium ban earlier in the season for threatening to knock out the fourth official. Sadly we couldn’t find any footage, but judging by the picture below, with the bemused and waving Bournemouth fans and copious numbers of luminous stewards in the area, it was exactly what it said on the tin. A touchline tantrum.
3) This Bulgarian Manager Steals The Referee’s Cards
March onto the pitch? Check. Berate referee? Check. This manager well and truly lost his cool, resorting to stealing the referee’s cards. Shame he’d already sent him off really. We get the feeling he didn’t really plan one through properly. Having stolen the cards, his attempts at ripping them up didn’t really work as well as expected for a grown man and some flimsy bits of cardboard.