Every Premier League Manager's Funniest Recurring Antic

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2014

Every Premier League Manager's Funniest Recurring Antic

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    The Premier League is loved all around the world for the captivating football it provides, courtesy of some of the world's greatest talents. But we are also drawn in by the big personalities in the game, particularly the managers.

    What crazy thing will Jose Mourinho say next? Which incident will Arsene Wenger not see? How will Brendan Rodgers make us cringe by opening his mouth?

    Here follows a list of every Premiership manager's funniest recurring antic. It should be noted that some gaffers are a lot more amusing than others, so, much like typical English weather, the list does have a couple of dry patches... 

Arsene Wenger

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    One may think that the biggest strain in Arsene Wenger's career is meeting high fan expectations by winning the Fourth Place Trophy every year on a modest wage and transfer budget.

    But it is not. It is his eternal struggle to do the zip up on his jacket. Thankfully, Puma will solve his problem next season.  

Paul Lambert

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    Aside from having an accent so impenetrably Scottish that he makes Sir Alex Ferguson sound like he speaks with the Received Pronunciation of a 1950s BBC newsreader, there isn't really anything interesting about Paul Lambert. 

    He looks like an accountant and has very few funny qualities to speak of. But he did once bite a journalist's head off when he was at Norwich. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have won two Tippeligaens with Molde in Norway, but he hasn't really been in the English speaking public eye long enough to develop funny recurring traits.

    So, we must hark back to the Baby-Faced Assassin's days at Manchester Utd, where he became Sir Alex Ferguson's substitute de rigeur thanks to his ability to come off the bench and score late winning goals. It's not funny, but it was a lot of fun to watch.  

Jose Mourinho

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    Jose Mourinho is a lot like David Brent: He considers himself a friend first, a boss second...and probably an entertainer third.

    Typically, The Special One treats his press conferences like they are sets at stand-up comedy clubs. When he isn't talking about eggs, storming out, bringing up Billy the masseur, being hilariously hypercritical or reacting to funny noises, he's slyly mocking his fellow Premier League managers, like in the clip above.  

Tony Pulis

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    Aside from his miraculous ability to defy relegation with route-one football, Tony Pulis' best recurring trait is his wardrobe. 

    We suspect that he got married in a baseball cap and tracksuit bottoms. 

Roberto Martinez

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    Roberto Martinez stepped into David Moyes's shoes at Everton and he currently has them four points above the reigning champions whom the Scot now coaches. To everyone but Manchester Utd fans, this is a little funny. 

    A less contentious amusing trait is the Spaniard's tendency not to take himself too seriously—as we saw in the Everton Christmas video in which he displayed his crooner miming skills. 

Rene Meulensteen

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    Since he took over at Fulham in December, Rene Meulensteen's biggest recurring antic has been conceding goals—31 in 12 games, to be precise. 

    But that's not very funny, so let's all remember the time he dropped an electronic scoreboard on Fergie's foot. 

Steve Bruce

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    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is a polite man. He is so well mannered, in fact, that he broke the world record for repeatedly saying "thank you" at the end of an interview on Sky Sports News. 

Brendan Rodgers

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    Mourinho isn't the only Premier League manager with David Brent qualities.

    Brendan (Brentan) Rodgers' interviews usually make you cringe so much that it is impossible to distinguish between him and the fictional paper company manager. The Guardian even have a quiz to see if you can tell them apart. 

Manuel Pellegrini

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    Manchester City manager, qualified civil engineer and all-round sensible professional person Manuel Pellegrini is a manager who doesn't appear to have any funny traits—recurring or otherwise.

    So, let's chuckle at the time his employers unveiled him by spelling his name wrong

David Moyes

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    David Moyes's funniest recurring antic of 2013-14? How about the way he keeps turning Old Trafford into a stadium that visiting teams really enjoy visiting, rather than a place that they once feared? Ouch. 

Alan Pardew

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    Like many other managers—and his former Director of Football Joe Kinnear—Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has a bit of a potty mouth. 

    Pards was caught out in January when he was caught on camera shouting at aforementioned serious person Manuel Pellegrini: "Shut your noise, you f****g old ****."

    He later apologised for his comments

Chris Hughton

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    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton used to be partial to wearing a training top on the sidelines—it's the former player in him.

    This season, however, he only wears a yellow tie and sensible V-neck pullovers. It's as if his house burned down and Jim White from Sky Sports News is lending him his clothes. 

Mauricio Pochettino

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    One of Mauricio Pochettino's strangest traits is his insistence on using a translator, even though he speaks English

    The chip on the Southampton manager's shoulder is also quite amusing. After a 2-1 defeat at Everton in December, he claimed referees were picking on the Saints because they were young and good-looking.

    "We don’t want to be judged by our young, handsome, good looking players that we have. We just want what’s fair. We can be a***holes as well," he said, possibly while pulling Blue Steel

Mark Hughes

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    Much like The Incredible Hulk, you wouldn't like Mark Hughes when he's angry.

    Plenty of managers lose their rag during their day job, but Stoke's coach has a predilection for taking his rage out on inanimate objects. Coats are tossed in the air, water bottles are kicked and sometimes he gets so irate that he even refuses hugs from Martin Jol. 

Gus Poyet

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    Being manager of Sunderland is a tough gig for many reasons, but a key part of the job description is a constant need to defend Lee Cattermole's terrible disciplinary record. 

    Gus Poyet valiantly attempts to see things from the point of view of his tough tackling midfielder, who averages an early bath every 26 games. Sometimes, maybe he should take the Arsene Wenger "I didn't see anything" approach.

Garry Monk

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    Swansea's interim player-manager Garry Monk has only been in charge for about five minutes, and so far his strongest recurring antic is an ability to not be threatened with a brick by Chico Flores. 

Tim Sherwood

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    So far in his reign as Tottenham manager, Tim Sherwood's defining characteristic has been his move from Andre Villas-Boas' overcomplicated tactics back to something approximating Harry Redknapp's "f*****g run about a bit" ideology. And to his credit, it is working. 

    But the former Blackburn star's greatest comic moment came when he admitted he was a lifelong Arsenal fan who "loves to see them do well."  

Pepe Mel

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    Mystery novel writer and occasional West Brom manager Pepe Mel seems has done little to impress his quirks on Premier League fans, but the funniest thing about him actually has nothing to do with him. 

    When he first came to manage in England in January, many media outlets reported that he was the former manager of Corinthians. He most certainly wasn't, but since it was stated as fact on his Wikipedia page, it was taken as gospel. Whoops. 

Sam Allardyce

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    Now Sir Alex Ferguson has retired (if you call attending every single game retirement), the Premier League's biggest chewing gum addict is Sam Allardyce.

    Big Sam is a furious masticator on the touchline—yes, we said masticator—a fact proven by a recent West Ham tweet that showed he took four packets of gum into the Hammer's recent Manchester City cup mauling. 

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