Following a scrappy victory in their FA Cup 5th Round tie against Middlesbrough, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez launched a tirade against his detractors (fans, players, journalists and Roman Abramovich) and announced that he was leaving his interim post in May once the season’s over.
Since taking over from Roberto di Matteo, Benitez has struggled to perform. The Blues are now only just in the Champions League places, and they’re stuck in the Europa League. After the game against West Brom this weekend, he is just 1/12 with Ladbrokes to be sacked.
Rafa’s not the first manager to let anger get the best of him, and he won’t be the last. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most memorable rants from football managers in the past. Enjoy!
I would love it! Love it…
The 1996/97 season was memorable because of one of the most compelling Premier League title races in history. Some believe Newcastle blew their big lead, while others think Manchester United made a great comeback, but this rant from Kevin Keegan summed up the intensity of it all.
Cloughie v Motty
Aside from managing to get the best out of teams throughout his career, Brian Clough was also excellent at giving interviewers a hard time. Here, he gives poor John Motson all he’s got in an interview that Motty still thinks about to this day!
Sitton lets them have it
Recorded for a fly-on-the-wall documentary, then-Leyton Orient manager John Sitton lays into his players in bizarre fashion. This clip during a half-time team talk is what he’s remembered most for, and played a part in his sacking not long after the match against Brentford.
Olly gives Platini a piece of his mind
No list like this would be complete without Ian Holloway. The Crystal Palace boss gives us so much to choose from, but this dig at FIFA boss Michel Platini and his idea for a winter World Cup gives him reason to vent his anger in his own inimitable way.
And finally… Here’s Rafa
This is the rant that has got the whole footballing world talking. After the Middlesbrough game, he lets fans, pundits and even the chairman know about his feelings following intense criticism of his short time at Stamford Bridge.