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Top Five: Most hated managers

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Chelsea fans didn't exactly need any more reasons to dislike Rafa Benitez, now did they?

The cuddly Spaniard has spent the last four months been berated, lampooned and then berated a little but more by Chelsea fans who have made it clear they're not exactly happy that he was chosen to replace Roberto di Matteo.

So that got us here at GMF towers thinking - are there any bosses out there who inspire such vitriol, such hatred as Benitez? Cue list-based feature.

5. Steve McLaren

The wally with a brolly. The boss who had a season ticket pelted at him by a enraged Middlesbrough fan. The first nickname one is probably a bit catchier.

Perhaps it is the bright white tombstone pegs on a canvas of wrinkled tanned skin and beady peepers that inspires such dislike; perhaps it is that he has failed pretty much everywhere he has been except for one season with FC Twente. Or maybe it's that whole fake accent thing, eh Schteve? 

Either way McLaren inspires a dislike usually reserved for charity muggers and Justin Bieber fans. 

4. Sir Alex Ferguson

Success usually inspires hatred and that is certainly the case with Sir Alex Ferguson, although the foul tempered Scot hardly helps himself.

The existence of Fergie time no doubt inspires a fair few to loathe the puce-nosed wine-addled boss, while his dealings with the press hardly helps either. 

Often so one-eyed when it comes to matters close to home some fans started referring to him as cyclops, he banned one journalist for asking about Ryan Giggs' personal life in 2011. If he ever steps down at Old Trafford, he'll make an excellent dictator one day.

Another story goes that Ferguson once became so enraged with a line of questioning at a press conference that he swept all the dictaphones off the table in front of him into a wall, breaking one so badly that all its contents were lost. Unfortunately it belonged to the Manchester United press officer."Marvellous," he then yelled. "You've got me to lose my temper."

3. Rafa Benitez

In the introduction the question posed was "Is there any other boss more disliked that Rafa Benitez?" Well now you have the answer, there are two.

The Spaniard's tinkering at Liverpool and his shuffling sneaky demeanour didn't exactly earn him universal praise while his infamous 'let's talk about facts' rant made him a laughing stock. The fact he seems entirely unable to answer a question straight in a post-match press-conference or admit to any of his teams failings also grates.

Then, as if that wasn't enough, he decided to become boss of Chelsea having supposedly made some pretty derogatory remarks about the Blues while still in charge of Liverpool. What did he expect?

2. Sam Allardyce

Big Sam arrived in the Premier League with a lovely porno tash and a wonky pair of glasses. Great every one thought, this is going to be fun. It wasn't.

Bolton's brand of long-ball rough and ready football was hardly easy on the eye and nor was Allardyce's brash style.

After leaving Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn, Big Sam wound up at West Ham with a chance to endear himself to the Hammers' faithful. They were sceptical given his long-ball credentials but a few choice words would win them over. So what do you say to those fans who are worried you might not play the slick passing style they love so much in east London, Sam?

"Those who work at West Ham haven’t told me what the West Ham way is, so it is rubbish. There isn’t one because people who have worked here for a number of years cannot say what it is. It is not passing and losing, that is for sure.

"This club has not been in a winning environment for donkey’s years.

"The last time they got up was by scraping up in sixth spot by the play-offs." Good work, Sam.

1. Neil Warnock

Have a quick look on YouTube and it won't be long before you stumble upon a video of Neil Warnock making an arse of himself.

The brash northerner has made a career of winding people up with his outlandishly dated views and unappealing style - ask anyone in the game what Warnock's nickname is and they'll tell you it's an anagram - Colin Wan*er.

Perhaps the moment which exposed Warnock for the goon he is came in 2002, in a match between his club Sheffield United and West Brom.

Warnock's side had three men sent off in a game which would quickly become known as the Battle of Bramall Lane, reducing the Blades to eight men. 

Sheffield United were hit with a £10,000 fine and two of the players sent off, Patrick Suffo and Georges Santos (both substitutes sent-off within a minute of coming on) never played for the club again.

With the scoreline at 3-0 in favour of Gary Megson's West Brom, two United players claimed they could no longer play on because of injury, prompting the match to be abandoned with seven minutes to go, the first time that had happened in football league history.  

Head-butts, punches and scuffles; If the referee wasn't more lenient even more could have been sent off.

Scenting fouled play, some suggested Warnock had told his players to feign injury in order to get the match abandoned.

"It was disgraceful to be perfectly honest," said Megson after the game. "I've been in football since I was 16, I'm 42 now and i've never seen anything like it.

Michael Brown, one of the injured players, was accused of faking by Megson, but Warnock was indignant, saying after the game that Brown should of come off at half-time but showed his fighting spirit by fighting on until he could go no further.

He then suggested he could make a formal complaint because "there are a lot of issues we're not happy with today".

"I don't imagine Gary [Megson] will be having a drink with tonight," Warnock continued. "but then, not many managers do." That sums it all up perfectly.

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