The bizarre antics of the modern day manager rarely hit the headlines but are surely worth noting.
The most prominent flag bearer for the irate manager is the overwhelmingly passionate and staggeringly successful Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex is constantly seen remonstrating with officials seeking a psychological edge over his opponent or a rub of the green from the referee.
This is only one example of the abnormal shenanigans of managers all over the world; however there certainly is method in the madness as many of the successful managers have cunning, effective tricks up their sleeve.
Another manager who certainly applies to this theory is the charismatic Jose Mourinho who also wears his heart on his sleeve. The most striking example of Mourhino's extravagance occurred during his spell as manager of Porto. Porto keeper Vitor Baia and Lisbon midfielder Rui Jorge exchanged shirts; Mourinho then took the shirt from Baia and ripped it.
Many suspect that his controversial behaviour is a ploy to take pressure away from his players and onto himself, and often suggesting a conspiracy is present from referees towards his team, creating an underdog spirit in the dressing room.
However, the passion of both managers is undoubted and the success of both represents the eligibility of their management techniques. Mourinho is justifiably renowned as a great man-manager; he builds a strong emotional relationship with his players who are willing to go to extreme measures to secure a victory.
A clear example of the emotional relationship with his players was highlighted on his departure from Inter Milan, the seemingly unbreakable force of Marco Materazzi was seen weeping uncontrollably due to the departure of a friend, companion and a manager. This strong relationship with his players is fundamental for his success and is constantly hailed by some of his previous players.
Andre Villas Boas is the young pretender who is well renowned for his frequent outbursts of passion; this passion clearly reaches his players and has an extremely positive effect on them.
The craft of management evidently involves a great deal of psychological skills and it increasingly appears that those who master the skills of man management are those who realise their potential and become highly successful managers.
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