Goal Singapore Top 5 – Managerial Bust-ups

After Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew’s shocking headbutt on Hull City’s David Meyler, Goal Singapore looks at the most memorable explosive touchline incidents in recent times
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew created headlines over the weekend after squaring up with Hull City’s David Meyler before headbutting the player in their 4-1 victory at the KC Stadium on Saturday evening.

The 52-year-old has been fined £100,000 by Newcastle and received a severe reprimanding by the club. He has also just been charged by the FA for improper conduct.

As if there weren’t enough bust-ups for the weekend, Sunday’s derby clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid saw the home side’s assistant coach, German Burgos, going up to the referee during the match and almost attacking him before staff members, including manager Diego Simeone, held him back.

Unsurprisingly in this week’s top 5, Goal Singapore takes a look at the most memorable explosive touchline incidents in recent times.

5. Norbert Meier VS Alber Streit
December 2005

In December 2005, Bundesliga club Duisburg head coach Norbert Meier, then 47, got involved in a touchline row with Cologne midfielder Albert Streit.

During the game, Meier headbutted Streit as the player went to take a throw-in. Amazingly, Meier was the one who immediately fell to the ground as if he was the one who was attacked. Streit then immediately followed suit and fell to the ground as well.

The player was sent off by the referee, but was eventually acquitted of the red card a few days after the match. As for Meier, he was banned for three months because of the incident and was soon fired by Duisburg for his unacceptable behaviour.

Time to worry, Pardew.

4. Arsene Wenger VS Alan Pardew
November 2006

Arsene Wenger is next on the list and truth be told, this was a tough call to make; not because he is a seemingly mild-mannered person, but because of the massive spats he has had with numerous other managers over the years.

Kenny Dalglish, Martin Jol and Mark Hughes are just some of the high profile names he’s dueled with, but it was his bust-up with (surprise, surprise) Pardew that probably takes the cake.

In November 2006, Pardew, then in charge of West Ham, celebrated a little over-enthusiastically after Marlon Harewood scored a late winner at the expense of Wenger’s Arsenal side.

The Frenchman took offence to the celebration and reacted angrily to Pardew’s overzealous fist pumping after the goal, squaring up to his opposite number.

They eventually had to be separated by officials on the touchline and Wenger was fined £10,000 for his behaviour.

3. Joe Jordan VS Gennaro Gattuso
February 2011
The picture pretty much explains the whole story, doesn’t it?

In February 2011, Champions League surprise package Tottenham beat AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro in the knockout round, embarrassing the seven-time winners on their home turf.

Humiliated by the defeat against the debutants, Gennaro Gattuso took out his frustrations on Spurs coach Joe Jordan (of all people!) and confronted the former Manchester United player at the end of the match.

With his top off at full time, the Italian hardman approached the burly Jordan, grabbing him by the throat and headbutting him as they exchanged angry words.

Uefa duly punished Gattuso with a four-match ban, while then-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said that he’d picked a fight with the wrong man.

It was tough on Gattuso as Spurs held on to a 0-0 draw on the return leg at White Hart Lane, causing the Italian side to crash out of the competition.

2. Jose Mourinho VS Tito Vilanova
August 2011

This might be familiar to most, with Jose Mourinho’s antics at his very best.

The particular incident happened in August 2011 at the end of the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona. A mass brawl occurred after Real’s Marcelo was sent off for making a violent tackle on Barca debutant Cesc Fabregas.

The challenge sparked a huge bust-up between players and managers, as David Villa and Mesut Ozil both saw red cards despite being on the bench.

However, the most infamous moment from the whole fracas occurred when Mourinho sneakily poked a finger in Tito Vilanova’s eye, who responded by hitting the Portugese coach on the side of the head.

Both coaches were fined 600 Euros, while Mourinho was also banned for two matches by the Spanish Football Federation.

Oh and if you were wondering, Barcelona emerged 3-2 winners on the night and won the Supercopa 5-4 on aggregate.

1. Delio Rossi VS Adem Ljajic
April 2012

In what is arguably the most dramatic managerial bust-up in recent history, Delio Rossi’s shocking treatment of youngster Adem Ljajic takes our number one spot.

It seemed like a typical Serie A match for Fiorentina, who were up against Novara towards the end of the 2011/12 season.

Having gone 2-0 down within the first half hour, Rossi decided to take off the ineffective Ljajic. Unsurprisingly, the then 20-year-old Serbian was angered at the substitution and sarcastically applauded his manager as he walked towards the bench.

However, Rossi didn’t take too well to Ljajic’s dissent and started attacking the youngster, throwing punches as players and officials on the bench attempted to restrain him.

It was a shocking sight for all who saw the scuffle and the club didn’t waste any time in sacking him a few days after the incident.

"My gesture was ugly, disgraceful and I am very saddened,” Rossi said prior to his departure.

“In a few seconds, months of stress came out. I am sorry because the coach has never committed acts of this kind.”

Ironically, Rossi’s decision to remove Ljajic worked, as Fiorentina salvaged a 2-2 draw at the end of the game.