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Ian Ladyman and Chris Sutton are back this week for another game of ‘five-a-side’ and this time, the two have picked out their top five managerial meltdowns. 

It comes following former Forest Green Rovers manager Troy Deeney’s viral rants against players, in which he branded members of his team ‘not good enough’ and more recently ‘babies’. 

The ex-Watford striker had been handed a four-match ban following his side’s 2-1 defeat by Swindon, but as he failed to win while in charge, he also failed to see out that ban, with the clubs hierarchy opting to sack him. While having only overseen six games, his disaster spell as Forest Green boss doesn’t even crack the ten shortest managerial tenures in world football

And there have been some very eye-opening managerial rants in the past, from Kevin Keegan’s extrodinary post-match interview or Alan Pardew‘s altercation with David Meyler. 

It was Ladyman’s turn to deliver his top five picks this week and he recalled some humerous stories from over the years. 

Arsene Wenger’s Old Trafford tirade makes Ian Ladyman’s top five managerial meltdowns on It’s All Kicking Off, but there’s no room for Kevin Keegan’s infamous outburst at Sir Alex Ferguson… so who is at No 1?

Ian Ladyman has named his top-five managerial meltdowns on Mail Sport’s ‘It’s All Coming Up’

Sutton called him out on a few of his selections, with Ladyman including some big names in his list

Sutton called him out on a few of his selections, with Ladyman including some big names in his list

‘Right, let’s play some, let’s play some, let’s play some five-a-side, let’s play some five-a-side,’ he said. 

Sutton said: ‘Yeah, well I went last week didn’t I with the best five midfielders in the Premier League and got a bit of traction there was a bit of anger about me not putting Stephen Gerrard in but it was hard it was yeah.’

Ladyman responded: ‘Well, your top five were [Paul] Scholes, [Roy] Keane, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Frank] Lampard, [Patrick] Vieira. And yeah, you did get some heat on social media for not including Steven Gerrard.

‘And from a Norwich City supporter at the weekend, Ian Crook. Should have had Crookie in there,’ Sutton added. 

‘Well, of course, what an oversight,’ Ladyman responded A couple of people mentioned Claude Makelele on Twitter, David Silver got some mentions, but no, Steven Gerald, the bigger mission from was a general viewpoint. So anyway, my turn this week.’

Sutton said: ‘Yeah, so this week’s five-a-side, now there’s a link here because Troy Deeney, didn’t last long, did he, at Forest Green? He called out his players. I don’t know whether you’d describe it. No, in fact, I would describe it as a bit of a managerial meltdown. So what I want from you is you to rank your top five managerial meltdowns, Ian.

‘This kept me up for a bit last night actually because there were so many to choose from and you don’t wanna miss many out,’ Ladyman responded. ‘Kept me up for a while this gave me a bit of a headache working all this out. But I’m gonna go in ascending order. So that is from fifth up to first in ascending order. My top five so quickly.’

5. Kevin Keegan 

Ladyman picked Kevin Keegan’s resignation as England manager as his fifth-best top manager meltdowns.  

‘Kevin Keegan resigning as England manager in the toilet at Wembley in October 2000. All the players getting changed, some in the shower,’ he said. 

‘Steam coming out of the showers. He wants to resign, doesn’t know where to go. The only place he can go to meet the the FA chief executive time, David Davis, was in the toilet, resigns in the toilet.’

Ladyman's first pick was Kevin Keegan's decision to resign as England manager in a toilet at Wembley

Ladyman’s first pick was Kevin Keegan’s decision to resign as England manager in a toilet at Wembley

4. Nigel Pearson 

Nigel Pearson enjoyed two spells as the manager of Leicester. But during his second term as the Foxes boss, he once had an intersting altercation with a journalist who he called an ‘ostrich’.  

‘Number four, Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester, 2015, getting so wound up at one press conference that he called a newspaper reporter an ostrich. 

‘He accused him of having his head stuck in the sand, calls him an ostrich – had to apologize for that one.’

Ladyman's fourth pick was Nigel Pearson's claims that a journalist once called a journalist an ostrich

Ladyman’s fourth pick was Nigel Pearson’s claims that a journalist once called a journalist an ostrich

3. Joe Kinnear 

For his third choice, Ladyman picked Joe Kinnear’s outburst at a journalist back in 2008.  

Ladyman said: ‘Seven years earlier, Joe Kinnear, I’d forgotten that Kinnear was even manager of Newcastle. Joe Kinnear, manager of Newcastle, didn’t take training on his first day in charge. He chose to meet the board, talk to the board, rather than actually go to training ground. Local Newcastle supporters, local journalists didn’t like it. 

‘He then did his introductory press conference to meet the Newcastle media for the first time, sat down, started his press conference by saying, which one of you is Simon Bird?’

‘Simon Bird was and still is very, very well regarded Northeast football writer for the Daily Mirror. Which one of you is Simon Bird? Simon puts his hand up, it’s me. Well, you’re a four letter expletive beginning with C. And what followed in the next five minutes were 50 more expletives.

‘He absolutely just destroyed the whole room. I was looking at the transcript last night, absolutely extraordinary. 

‘Not surprised he didn’t last very long,’ he added.

Joe Kinnear's massive expletive-laiden outburst at a journalist is one most extraordinary rants in football

Joe Kinnear’s massive expletive-laiden outburst at a journalist is one most extraordinary rants in football

2. Arsene Wenger 

Ladyman recounted the former Arsenal boss’ tirade at Old Trafford back in 2009.

‘Number two, Arsene Wenger, sent off at Old Trafford for, when manager of Arsenal, 2009, they had a late goal this time for offside, an equalizer for Robin van Persie. Wenger kicks a bottle, quite accurately and adroitly down the touch line, by the way,’ Ladyman said.

‘Probably couldn’t do that again if he tried. We talked about Kevin Sinfield last week. Sir Kev would have been proud of that one. Kicks the water bottle, gets sent off, but doesn’t know where to go. 

‘Can’t get up to the director’s box. There’s only a couple of minutes left. Ends up standing on this kind of platform behind the dugouts. I was watching the video again this morning. Martin Tyler on Sky commentary described him as “kinky newt trying to stop the tide”. I mean, to me, he looked more like an aging Mr. Bean.’

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger was sent off at Old Trafford and ended up standing on a platform on top of the dugout

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger was sent off at Old Trafford and ended up standing on a platform on top of the dugout

1. Phil Brown 

But Ladyman reserved his top spot for Phil Brown’s half-time team talk on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium back in 2008.  

‘And finally, and number one in first position, everybody remembers this, I was actually there at the Etihad Stadium, boxing day 2008, Hull City, four nil down at half time. And their manager, Phil Brown, who we all love to bits and is still managing now into his 60s, Phil Brown decides it’s a good idea to give his team talk on the pitch.

‘Sits the players down in front of the away end, gives his team talk on it, essentially admonishes his players, bollocks his players in full view of the way end, thinking that would elicit a better performance. It didn’t, they still lost the game heavily. 

‘And there’s some whole players who’ve subsequently gone on record as saying is that was the moment that they began to lose faith in their manager. There you go, there’s my top, there’s my five-a-side mate.’

Ladyman recalled the moment where Phil Brown delivered a team talk to his players on the pitch at half-time in front of the away fans at the Etihad Stadium

Ladyman recalled the moment where Phil Brown delivered a team talk to his players on the pitch at half-time in front of the away fans at the Etihad Stadium

He added that some players have gone on record to say 'that was the moment they started to lose faith in brown

He added that some players have gone on record to say ‘that was the moment they started to lose faith in brown

But Sutton felt his co-host had made a few omissions, stating: ‘I’m gonna pick you up on a few of those. I think you could have done better there.

‘Kevin Keegan. Remember Kevin Keegan? “I would love it. I would love it if we beat them”. That has to be in there for me. Can you remember Harry Redknapp on a training ground doing an interview and he gets hit by a ball?’

‘And he’s so angry and he loses his head and then he mutters something like, “no wonder he’s in the reserves”. And then, but you’ve missed the greatest managerial meltdown – and there were a few – of all time, John Sitton, the Leyton Orient manager.’

Ladyman responded: ‘Yes. Bring your dinner? Is that the one?’

‘Yeah, he offered his own players out for a fight at half-time and he sacked Terry Howard at half-time,’ Sutton said. 

Sutton said that Ladyman had missed Keegan's sensational rant on television

Sutton said that Ladyman had missed Keegan’s sensational rant on television 

Ladyman also recounted when Harry Kane was hit by a ball during training and said 'no wonder he's in the reserves'

Ladyman also recounted when Harry Kane was hit by a ball during training and said ‘no wonder he’s in the reserves’

‘He sacked one of his players at half-time. He said he liked Terry but he’s sacking him. But he had some incredible meltdowns. I mean, you’ve got to watch him. I don’t think anybody gets near him on the planet. John Sitton.’

‘Is that the one where he ends it and says “bring your dinner?”,’ Ladyman said. ‘Whatever, I think that was kind of bring everything you’ve got.

‘Yeah, bring your dinner. Yeah. And Terry, you’re sacked,’ Sutton added. 

Ladyman also regaled one of the funnier interactions he had been told about with Redknapp at the training ground during his West Ham days.

Asked by reporters whether or not the club were interested in a new signing, the then-Hammers boss flatly denied any knowledge of the individual in question. 

‘One of the reporters said, “Harry, I’m not being funny, mate, but he’s over there”. They could see him! They could see him over his shoulder,’ said Ladyman.

‘So Harry then turns round and goes: ‘Oh, that one? Oh, yeah.’



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