VIDEO: Remember these? Rafa, Wenger and other managers who lost their cool
08:37 28 February 2013
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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez last night turned on the club’s supporters and accused them of “not doing any favours for the team” by criticising him.
Speaking after his team’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, a clearly frustrated Benitez was vociferous on a number of issues regarding his spell at the club.
He also said he would leave at the end of the season and said “someone made a mistake” by adding the “interim” tag to his job title.
It is not the first time Benitez has spoken out as he delivered a rant at Manchester United and their boss Sir Alex Ferguson while in charge of Liverpool in 2009 (see video above). Here, London24 Sport takes a look at other rants delivered by managers over the years.
JOE KINNEAR - OCTOBER 2008
Just four days after being appointed as Newcastle’s interim manager, Joe Kinnear hit the headlines after a press conference in which he swore 52 times whilst criticising the media for saying he failed to turn up for training on his first day in charge. Kinnear said to one journalist: “You are out of order. Absolutely ******* out of order. If you do it again, I am telling you you can **** off and go to another ground.”
KEVIN KEEGAN - MAY 1996
Newcastle manager Keegan reacted angrily to Ferguson’s mind games in the closing stages of the season. With United requiring only a draw in their final game to clinch the title, Keegan famously raged: “We have not resorted to that. I’ll tell you now because he’ll be watching this - we’re still fighting for this title and he’s still got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. I’d love it if we beat them. Love it.”
CRAIG LEVEIN - MAY 2008
Dundee United boss Levein launched a stinging attack on referee Mike McCurry for his performance during his side’s 3-1 loss at Rangers. “Mike McCurry could have phoned me at home this morning and said, ‘Look, Rangers are going to get the three points, just stay in the house’. It is impossible. Just try to imagine if these decisions had been the other way about - Mike McCurry would never referee another game again.”
RON ATKINSON - MARCH 1996
Former Coventry manager Atkinson reacted furiously to claims by Sky interviewers Andy Gray and Richard Keys that he could not save the club from relegation. The former Manchester United manager cut off the interview and threw his headphones at a Sky producer after saying: “You can sit there and play with all your silly machines. If the boys play badly I’ll whip ‘em, but I ain’t whipping them for that. Thanks lads, goodnight.”
SIR ALEX FERGUSON - DECEMBER 2008
Real Madrid director Pedro Trapote claimed the Spanish giants had an agreement in place to sign United star Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, much to the anger of the United boss. “Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob?” he said. “No chance. I would not sell them a virus. That is a ‘no’ by the way. There is no agreement whatsoever between the clubs.” Ronaldo did later move to Madrid.
RAFAEL BENITEZ - JANUARY 2009 (see video above)
Liverpool manager Benitez launched an astonishing attack on his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson. The Spaniard claimed United boss Ferguson was “the only manager who will not be punished” for outspoken attacks on referees. Benitez claimed: “We had a meeting in Manchester with managers and the Football Association about the respect campaign. And I was very clear, forget the campaign because Mr Ferguson was killing the referees, killing Mr (Martin) Atkinson, killing Mr (Keith) Hackett.” He added: “We need to know that I am taking about facts, not my impression. There are things that everyone can see every single week.”
ARSENE WENGER - FEBRUARY 2013
The Arsenal manager turned on his critics in the media ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich and in the wake of an FA Cup defeat by Blackburn. After a report that he was in talks over a new contract, Wenger said: “That is the wrong information and I work for 16 years in England and I think I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one intention: to harm. Why does it (contract story) just come out when we lose a big game? You think I am so naive that I don’t see what is behind that? You think I am a complete idiot? The lie is targeted to hurt.”