The relationship between a player and a manager is a fascinating one, with many claiming it's like a father and son relationship. Elements to this are true, such as the manager taking a player under his wing, teaching him and helping him prosper and grow. What this sugar coated, Coach Carter-esque comparison overlooks is the fact that, often, both are egotistical multimillionaires full of pride, and this inevitably causes tension, rifts, power struggles and a lot of entertainment for the public. Sometimes these feuds are kept behind closed doors and you will only hear rumblings of fallouts, and sometimes these fallouts will be on full display in the middle of games, in press conferences, and of course on Twitter.
For the player, typical fallouts are due to the player not getting enough playing time or attention (the poor thing), or that there is too much pressure on their shoulders. For the manager, you will generally see them begin to lose their patience with players that are under-performing, not playing to their system, are out of shape or have the wrong attitude. Most of the time the manager will come out on top, but of course many players have a great deal of power in terms of their star appeal, and they may have the locker room behind them too. This creates a real power struggle between the player and the manager, with some fallouts creating so much drama that tuning into games feels more like watching a soap opera than a sport.
There are a few players and managers that seem to have fallouts at every single club they arrive at, and sometimes you have to wonder what the chairman was thinking when pairing certain players and managers together. Get your popcorn ready, as here are the top 20 fallouts between players and managers.
20 Ruud Van Nistelrooy v Marco Van Basten
19 Harry Redknapp v Adel Taarabt
18 Davor Suker v John Toshack
17 Louis van Gaal v Guy Thys
16 Brian Clough v Nigel Jemson
15 Jose Mourinho v Mario Balotelli
14 Robbie Fowler v Gerard Houllier
13 Brian Clough v Roy Keane
12 David Moyes v Wayne Rooney
11 Louis van Gaal v Rivaldo
10 Alan Shearer v Ruud Gullit
9 David Ginola v Gerard Houllier
8 Carlos Tevez v Roberto Mancini
7 Srecko Katanec v Zlatko Zahovic
6 Paul Gascoigne v Glenn Hoddle
5 Mido v Hassan Shehata
4 Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy
3 Roberto Mancini v Mario Balotelli
2 Alex Ferguson v David Beckham
1 Raymond Domenech v France 2010 World Cup Squad
A fallout with a player can be troublesome enough for a manager, but falling out with an entire squad will tarnish your career and leave your powerless. During halftime of France’s 2010 World Cup group game with Mexico (which they would lose), Nicolas Anelka laid into the manager with a viscous insult. Anelka was expelled from the squad, which did not sit well with the team who refused to train and argued with the coaching staff at a training session viewed by the public. Following this disaster, Domenech was dismissed as a member of the French Football Federation, the team director resigned and the squad has not fully recovered from the incident.
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