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The Most Media-Mad Manager by groundsman

In today’s Guardian Football blog, the usually on-target John Sadler has written a bit about how it’d do managers well to avoid the media directly after matches- citing Arsene Wenger’s “outburst” after Saturday’s draw at Birmingham and Eduardo’s injury as a good case for this suggestion.  Unfortunately, Sadler loses the thread of his argument and resorts to picking at hapless Newcastle and King Kev’s infamous “luv it” statement from 1996. 

This suggestion is pure common sense, but after a stressful match, it can be difficult to even think intelligently enough to reject a chance to make your opinion known.  The stoic, smooth talking managers suffer when emotions take hold- the others relish the opportunity to vent publicly; and in either case, the public enjoys getting a taste of these painfully honest displays.

So now, the question: Who is the Most Media-Mad Manager?

Bruce Arena- At any time during Team USA’s World Cup campaigns in 2002 and 2006, you could bet photographers were encouraged to keep an eye on the antics of one Bruce Arena.  With every eye roll, clipboard throw, and petulant hand waving gesture, Arena delighted the press with his sarcasm and tantrums, and publicly named his own players for underperforming.  During press conferences in the US, Arena was famous for refusing to suffer fools, firing back irritated answers to questions he didn’t deem to be intelligent.  His frustation with his players wasn’t limited to the field, as many U.S. team members have claimed he was just as caustic and dramatic in training.

Brian Clough- Ol’ Big Head was known to be a lot of things: an alcoholic, a socialist, chauvinistic, critical, and of course- brilliant.  He punched Roy Keane in the dressing room, and a couple of supporters during a pitch invasion, and the violence of his character coupled with his smug demeanor made him an intriguing media favorite.  We could go on for ages about the madness and genius of Brian Clough, but this clip sums it up rather well.

Jose Mourinho- He deemed himself “The Special One”.  That should be enough, but there’s so much more to Jo-Say, and his clashes with the media and referees during his time at Chelsea are memorable.  Mourinho is and was a character, as well as being a top football coach, but he knew charisma and looks were on his side,  and he flaunted both often.  The charisma began to falter as Chelsea’s owner became more vocal about his unhappiness with the club’s manager- undoubtely causing him to deliver this analogical headscratcher.

For further reference, we dug this out of the vault underneath the corner flag: Click ‘n’ View.

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