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Five of the best: Manager celebrations (1)

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Paolo di Canio won himself a new legion of fans on Sunday afternoon, as the former West Ham hero celebrated each of Sunderland's goals in the victory over Newcastle with trademark flamboyance.

Stephane Sessegnon's opener at St James' Park prompted Di Canio charge around the technical area with glee, while the second by Adam Johnson saw the Italian slide on his knees like an eight-year-old page boy at a wedding reception.

There were kisses, hugs and slaps aplenty for his players after Sunderland completed the 3-0 rout over their north east rivals, the first on Tyneside in 13 years, and the unbridled joy etched across the face of Di Canio earned him a place in the hearts of fans beyond the confines of the Stadium of Light.

Di Canio is a rare breed in the managerial fraternity - a coach more invested in every goal than the players and, sometimes, even the fans - and willing to express his emotion openly both on and off the pitch.

The 44-year-old received a fine and one match suspension last season for his over-zealous celebration during Swindon's win over Northampton, having dived on top of a dog pile of his own players by the opposition corner flag.

There have been times, however, over the years when those more renowned for more phlegmatic behaviour have allowed their facade to slip when the stakes are at their highest.

Here are five of our favourite examples of managers losing their inhibitions and going completely bonkers…

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Manchester City
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Manchester United

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