It’s refreshing for fans to see their team’s manager pour his heart out on the sideline while trying to get the best out of his players. The Fan Park crew takes a look at Europe’s most animated coaches, because no matter how lengthy the ban or how costly the fine, its entertainment!
The Portuguese manager has given himself the nickname of ‘The Special One’, and it fits because of his successful coaching record in a relatively short period. Mourinho, who has reporters in stitches whenever he’s in a press conference, isn’t shy to run down the touchline to celebrate with his team at the corner flag. His antics have earned him several fines and suspensions, but the Chelsea coach continues to play by his own rules.
Just like he was during his playing days, Diego Simeone wears his heart on his sleeve. The Argentinian was involved in a bust-up with Real Madrid player Raphael Varane after the French defender kicked the ball in the direction of his rival coach. With his passion for the beautiful game, we expect to see more of the same from Simeone in years to come.
Now at Crystal Place, Pardew has made headlines for his touchline antics wherever he has been. Last season, while in charge of Newcastle, Pardew received a £100,000 (R1.3 million) fine after he head-butted Hull player, David Meyler.
The AC Milan coach, who served the club for 11 years as a player, is well-regarded as an icon in Italian football. His facial expressions and hand gestures whenever AC take to the field never get old. Former Dutch player Johann Cruyff once said that Inzaghi couldn’t play, and that he was just always in the right place at the right time. Well, those who can’t do – teach.
The German manager for Borussia Dortmund has had several run-ins with football law. In March 2014 he was fined £10,000 (R130 000) for a verbal attack on a match official in a match against Borussia Monchengladbach. Klopp’s team is in dire need of a lifeline and we expect to see much more from this passionate manager.
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