Football, and with it football managers, may be off the agenda at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic but this doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about the beautiful game.
From Daniel Stendel sinking shots after getting sacked, to a scared Frank Lampard and Maradona being, well Maradona, here are 22 of our favourite manager moments from the season so far…
Daniel Stendel sinking shots with fans
Supporters are rarely sympathetic when football managers suffer the sack.
However, when Daniel Stendel was surprisingly axed by Barnsley in October there was a wave of support for the German, who only a few months earlier had propelled the Tykes into the Championship.
Stendel would have been crushed at the departure yet he put his own disappointment aside in order to sink a few shots with supporters in the town centre!
You've been framed
We all know how nerve-shredding a penalty shoot-out can be, especially for a manager watching helplessly on the sideline.
At the start of the year a video emerged of Mike Cartwright, manager of Salford-based side Irlam Tiger, who was so nervous he simply couldn’t watch his side’s cup quarter-final shoot-out against FC Unsworth.
The video shows Cartwright in the changing consoling his players, as he was under the impression his troops had been beaten, only for the players to suddenly erupt in jubilation much to the shock of their gaffer.
Neil Warnock with the strike
Neil Warnock’s career is jam-packed with side-splitting stories, including the time he took his troops bowling to Scarborough!
This is Warnock at his very best.
Why are you so scared, Frank Lampard?
Frank Lampard’s bemused reaction to a journalist demanding to know why he was so ‘scared’ of facing Ajax is just excellent in every way.
Duncan Ferguson celebrates with a ball boy
Passion, heart and unbridled joy in one brilliant minute.
Chris Wilder’s love of Liverpool
It’s hard to find a more honest boss than Chris Wilder, a manager who has seen more than most during his remarkable rise from non-league to the Premier League.
The Sheffield United boss has enjoyed a cracking season so far, which has won both the players and manager plaudits from all angles.
Yet on this particular occasion, it was Wilder who showered his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp in admiration after the Reds recorded a 2-0 win over the Blades at Anfield.
Honest, admirable and typically no-nonsense.
"We never laid a glove on them. When all this nonsense comes out about coaching, have a peek at Liverpool tonight. I love everything about them"— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 2, 2020
A humble Chris Wilder heaps praise on Liverpool's performance...⚔️
📹 @btsportfootball #LIVSHUpic.twitter.com/NphVtTn95m
Jose Mourinho’s priceless reaction
There are an avalanche of compelling videos of The Special One, from his sprint down the Old Trafford touchline as Porto boss to his comedy scuffle with Arsene Wenger.
There’s been a couple of corkers since he became Tottenham boss, our favourite of which was the brilliant moment Mourinho was informed by his assistant, Joao Sacramanto, that Raheem Sterling should have received a second yellow for diving after Hugo Lloris saved Ilkay Gundogan's penalty.
A true classic.
José Mourinho's priceless reaction when he was told by his assistant that Sterling is already on a yellow card🏃🚮 pic.twitter.com/9i21HMlNVY— Pandu Dhiginina (@panduleninakam1) February 3, 2020
Speaking of Mourinho…
Here’s another side to then-jobless Portuguese coach, who got a tad emotional when talking about how much he missed football. He may have his critics but this one pulled at the heartstrings.
A great clip with Mourinho, getting quite emotional over missing football... 😅pic.twitter.com/3R0GxcMDQa— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 18, 2019
Christian Streich’s Total Wipeout
Simply put, this one has to be seen to be believed.
FC United of Manchester manager gets vocal
Managers celebrating wildly is nothing new, yet FC United of Manchester Neil Reynolds took his own celebration to the next level after orchestrating a win over Whitby Town when he jumped into the stand and led the victory songs.
Mark Kennedy doesn’t like cats
“The performance was unacceptable - I am beyond angry. If I had a cat, I would volley it over the far side of the pitch.
There’s been an array of unique quotes this season but Mark Kennedy’s is up there with the most random...
Macclesfield manager Mark Kennedy after his team lost to League Two relegation rivals Morecambe...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) February 12, 2020
"The performance was unacceptable - I am beyond angry. If I had a cat, I would volley it over the far side of the pitch" 😿
📹 @BBCRMsport #Silkmen pic.twitter.com/FzKkjgYQkj
Maradona being Maradona
Diego Maradona returned to the dugout in September with Gimnasia de La Plata, and as you can expect his spell at the helm has been pretty turbulent.
He left his post in November, just two months after his appointment, only to return two days later. As far as we are aware he’s still there.
Anyway, here he is celebrating in the dugout, then taking a tumble…
- Fergie: "Lads, it's Tottenham"— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) October 7, 2019
- Phil Brown's half-time team talk on the pitch
- Sir Alf Ramsey: “You’ve won it once. Now you’ll have to go out there and win it again.”
Diego Maradona has joined the list of inspirational team talks... 🗣pic.twitter.com/FSOX7WPGtb
The best ever Goalkeeping coach celebration
While this one isn’t strictly a manager - step forward Middlesbrough’s goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich - it’s still a must-see as the passionate Uruguayan runs over to the Boro fans to celebrate a fourth successive win.
It's been a great festive period for Jonathan Woodgate's Middlesbrough, who have now won 4 games in a row!— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 2, 2020
Just look at what it means to Uruguayan goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich...👊🇺🇾#UTBpic.twitter.com/deh1u1gi65
Adrian may not be flavour of the month at Anfield right now but earlier in the season Jurgen Klopp went full Rocky after the goalkeeper’s heroics in the Super Cup penalty shoot-out.
How’s the bacon?
We’ll just let this video do the talking...
The wonderful world of Bernard Challandes
If you thought that the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Diego Klopp and Ian Holloway were animated gaffers, let’s just rewind back to that remarkable press conference from Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes. It's a gem.
Kosovo manager Bernard Challandes has issued an extraordinary warning to England over the "crazy" pressing they will face during Tuesday's European Qualifier 🇽🇰🏴— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 9, 2019
The full story: https://t.co/Tl8b0be33a pic.twitter.com/G5vgbUJI0v
Actually, to be fair, Diego Simeone is probably the most animated out there. We were exhausted just 15 seconds into this clip of him prowling the touchline during Atletico Madrid's clash with Liverpool….
Give Me A Winner
As you probably know, Sir Alex Ferguson is a very passionate horse racing fan.
The legendary manager even part-owns Give Me A Copper which won the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at Wincanton. What a moment for the Scot.
Walking with Nige
Nigel Adkins may have been out of the managerial arena since leaving Hull last summer, but you can still keep up to date with the gaffer’s various goings-on via his twitter. Whether he's exploring castles or revealing his best moments.
You will not be disappointed. #walkingwithnige
Good morning. The sun is shining & the birds are singing. A challenging few months in store, exercise, nutrition,sleep, humour and looking out for each other can help. Enjoy the day. #walkingwithnige pic.twitter.com/gUez6YKxbU— Nigel Adkins (@TheNigelAdkins) March 13, 2020
Dog interrupts press conference
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in a press conference, a dog shows up.
How’s this for a bit of touchline control and pass from Portadown FC Manager Matthew Tipton!
Mick McCarthy doing what he does best
And finally, here’s Mick McCarthy seducing a camera (again)...