The most memorable managerial meltdowns in Premier League history after Conte loses it with Spurs players

Antonio Conte could not hide his anger after seeing his Spurs side throw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 away at Southampton on Saturday.

The Tottenham boss accused his players of being selfish and not playing as a team, and said the club have become used to not competing under pressure in a blistering ten minute rant.

But it’s certainly not the only time a Premier League boss has lost his cool in a press conference. Here are some of the other most memorable outbursts from managers in the Premier League era…

Keegan: I’ll love it if we beat them!

In a rant which is still widely quoted today, back in 1996 then Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan went for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after he had suggested that teams facing the Magpies do not work as hard as they do against Man Utd.

“I’ve kept really quiet but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that,” Keegan said.

“You can tell him now, we’re still fighting for this title and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something – and I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.”

Unfortunately for Newcastle, it was Man Utd who would come out on top in the title race – winning the league by four points that season.

Ferguson: Your job is to tell the truth

Sir Alex had several run ins with the media over his long spell in charge of Man Utd, but perhaps the biggest came when he expressed his dissatisfaction with some of what had been printed back in 2010.

“I had some of you banned for a few weeks and to be honest, I get fed up with it,” Ferguson said.

“Your job is to tell the truth, right? That’s your job.

“You can quote me on what I’ve said, but I’m not going to have you twisting everything I say, okay? The next time it’s finished, you won’t ever get back in.

“I’m fed up of having to read papers of things I’ve said and I know I’ve said, and you completely twist it round and lie. Your job is to tell the truth, that’s your job as a journalist, and if you can’t do that you’re in the wrong job.”


Wenger: I deserve more credit than wrong information

Ferguson is by far from the only manager to have aimed a dig at the press, with his arch rival Arsene Wenger also taking aim at the media when asked about reports he was set to sign a contract extension with Arsenal.

“I’ve worked for 16 years here in England and I deserve a little bit more credit than wrong information where the only one intention is to harm,” he said.

“If it’s good information that came from nowhere, it’s alright, but this is wrong information that has come from nowhere.”

Clearly frustrated by the incident, Wenger would go on to object to several other of the questions asked by journalists in the room – including what he deemed to be a suggestion that he was not taking the FA Cup seriously, to which he called an “insult to the players who started the game”.

Mourinho: Three times, respect

Perhaps the most famous managerial outburst in the Premier League era. While in charge of Man Utd, Jose Mourinho cited his record in England’s top flight in amazing fashion to respond to critcism of a defeat to Spurs.

“Do you know what was the result? 3-0. Do you know what this means? 3-0. But it also means three Premierships, and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together.

“Three for me and two for them, respect.”

That was followed by Mourinho uttering the word respect many more times as he left the room, in what is still to this day one of the most famous press conference moments in football history.

Louis Van Gaal: I don’t want to talk with you!

And on a similar theme, another former Man Utd boss in Louis Van Gaal also questioned the media when reports broke that he was set to be sacked from his job.

“Has anybody in this room not have a feeling to apologise to me?” Van Gaal said to a silent room.

And when asked what they had done wrong, he responded: “I think I was already sacked, I have read.

“What do you think happens with my wife and my kids, or with my grandchildren, or with the fans of Manchester United, or my friends? What do you think?

“They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about it. Do you think that I want to talk with the media now?

“I’m here only because of the Premier League rule. I have to talk with you, but I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context.”

Nigel Pearson: You are an ostrich!

Another infamous moment in Premier League history. With Nigel Pearson desperately fighting to keep his Leicester City side in the top flight, the now Bristol City boss spectacularly accused a reporter of having his “head in the sand” when asked to expand on the criticism towards the club that Pearson had cited.

“I think you must have either your head in the clouds, or been away on holiday, or reporting on a different team, because if you don’t know the answer to that question…your question is absolutely unbelievable, the fact you do not understand where I am coming from,” Pearson said.

“If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand.”

Pearson would later apologise for his outburst to the reporter in question, but his unusual insult will continue to live long in the memory of Premier League fans.

Thomas Tuchel: You have to stop!

The former Chelsea boss had to field questions no football manager expects to have to answer when ex-owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, who claimed the then Chelsea owner had links to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

But Tuchel had quite clearly had enough of the questions on the ongoing situation in Ukraine and its relation to Chelsea, snapping at one reporter: “Listen, you have to stop!

“I’m not a politician. You have to stop honestly. I can only repeat it and I feel bad repeating it because I have never experienced war.

“I feel bad because I’m very privileged. I sit here in peace and I do the best I can but you have to stop asking me these questions.”

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