Six Extraordinary… Press Conferences and Post Match Reactions


Six Extraordinary… Press Conferences and Post Match Reactions


The glare of the media spotlight can do funny things to a manager.

Jose Mourinho has proved himself time and again to be the king at generating a controversial headline or two in the wake of an unexpected defeat – none more so than his ‘Respect, Respect, Respect’ comments following Man Utd’s 3-0 home reverse to Spurs.

Here are six other press conferences and post-match reactions for the ages…


Rafa Benitez

Often so calm and collected under pressure, Rafa lost his rag in January 2009 with an epic ‘Facts’ rant against arch-rival Sir Alex Ferguson – accusing the Scotsman of using his standing in the game to influence referees and even the fixture list.

(credit: Daily Mirror)

Taking on the Premier League’s master of mind games with his own cod psychology backfired badly for the Spaniard as Liverpool’s title bid faltered in the second half of the season and Fergie lifted yet another Premier League title.


Joe Kinnear

The colourful former Wimbledon boss shocked the footballing world in 2008 with a surprise return to Premier League dugouts as manager of Newcastle Utd. He made an immediate impact at St James’ Park, but for all the wrong reasons – swearing at reporters at an impressive rate of one expletive every six seconds in his first press conference.

Kinnear’s tenure on Tyneside would ultimately be a brief one – much to the relief of local reporters.


Nigel Pearson

Given the level of abuse often levelled at fans, players and officials on match day, Nigel Pearson’s reaction to a tricky question in 2015 seems relatively tame – but all the more memorable for it.

For a few glorious weeks that year ‘ostrich’ became the go-to insult to wind up friends, colleagues and family members. The Pearson death stare remains one of the most genuinely frightening sights in football for any intrepid reporter.



Christian Gross

Not all press conferences need to involve an angry outburst, they can be wildly eccentric too.

Christian Gross


Former Spurs manager Gross surely takes the prize for the most unusual unveiling at any club – famously brandishing his tube ticket to bemused reporters on his arrival at White Hart Lane. If only contactless had been available in 1997…


Leroy Rosenior

The ex-Torquay man makes this list not for a press conference itself, but the circumstances around it. Rosenior holds the unique honour of having the shortest spell at any football club at an astonishing 10 minutes.

Leroy Rosenior

A takeover of the Devon club was completed just as Rosenior was getting into his stride in front of the local media – only to find out minutes later that the new broom at the helm had opted to find their own man. Swings and roundabouts though – as he’s surely the only permanent Torquay manager in history to leave the role undefeated…


Kevin Keegan

And finally, still perhaps the best spur of the moment reaction to any game ever – Keegan’s legendary 1996 Sky Sports rant has a little bit of everything in being both passionate, stirring and ultimately a little bit ridiculous.

We’ll leave you with Kevin…

(credit: Sky Sports Fantasy Football)


All image sources from PA Images

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