Rant of the Month Award: February 2013by Jack Kitson / 28 February 2013, 15:15Tweet
February's Naffest Gaffer award features a topical twist as the Sack Race spices things up a notch with a one off "Rant of the Month" award following the recent high profile outbursts from Rafa Benitez, Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Paolo Di Canio.
February proved to be another damaging month for managers with eight gaffers either pushed or shoved. The Premier League was the only division to survive, with one departure in the Championship, five in League One and two in League Two.
The 3rd Feb proved to be an action packed day in League One, with Paul Dickov opting to resign from Oldham Athletic and then Notts County sacking gaffer Keith Curle following a defeat to basement club Hartlepool. Two days later there was another casualty in Nottingham, with Forest boss Alex McLeish exiting the City Ground by mutual consent.
Graham Westley became the third League One departure on the 13th, with Mark Robins making it four just a day later. The controversial Paolo Di Canio was the fifth and final third tier manager to leave when he surprisingly announced that he was leaving on the 18th, despite Swindon flying high in the table.
Both League Two departures came in the second-half of February, with Aldershot Town sacking Dean Holdsworth (18th) and then John Still chosing to leave Dagenham & Redbridge for Conference side Luton Town on 26th.
Rant of the Month Award: February 2013 Contenders
Rafa Benitez - Chelsea
The usually calm and collected Rafa Benitez unexpectedly exploded on Wednesday 27th February when he launched a scathing outburst at Chelsea's hierarchy and a section of their fans. The Blues boss blasted some supporters for their continuous use of unflattering banners and chants, and then went on to snap at the board and his title "interim boss", which he described as a "massive mistake".
Benitez also confirmed that he will definitely be leaving at the end of the season when his short-term contract comes to an end. The Spaniard has been under immense pressure ever since his controversial appointment back in November but his stinging attack could bring his stint to and end sooner than expected.
Arsene Wenger - Arsenal
Arsene Wenger's built up frustration, rage and anger was unleashed upon shocked journalists during a pre-match press conference for Arsenal's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. The furious Frenchman became incensed at questions concerning his side's shock defeat to Blackburn Rovers a few days earlier and proceeded to take it out on everyone present.
The press conference has been labelled Wenger's most heated since his arrival at Arsenal 16 years ago. He also became animated at what he called "wrong information" about a rumoured new contract at the Emirates. It has been another difficult year for Wenger and is one that is now very likely to end without silverware, with a top four spot once again Arsenal's main aim.
Roberto Mancini - Manchester City
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini launched a scathing attack on his players following his side's dismal defeat to lowly Southampton. His expensively assembled squad were simply no match for a motivated Saints outfit who stormed to a 2-1 win, much to the anger of the Italian.
Mancini was livid with his team and blamed them for the shock defeat, arguing they should start taking responsibility. He reportedly refused to enter the dressing room in the aftermath of the match as City's faint hopes of retaining the title seemed to come to an end.
Paolo Di Canio - Swindon Town
Not so much a rant but the colourful and charismatic Paolo Di Canio reportedly raided Swindon Town's offices just two days after announcing that he was leaving the club. The hot-headed Italian is believed to have torn down pictures of himself during his successful stint in charge of the Robins.
Di Canio parted ways with Swindon on a sour note following a series of disagreements with the board, including the surprise sale of Matt Ritchie to League One promotion rivals Bournemouth. The eccentric manager was particularly angry at all the broken promises and has since ruled out a dramatic return to the County Ground.
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