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Top 5: Controversial managerial reigns

Kinnear's appointment caused controversy (©GettyImages)
Kinnear's appointment caused controversy (©GettyImages).

Joe Kinnear recently burst back into the world of top flight football management as director of football at Newcastle. It's fair to say he hasn't had a dream start to the job.

Having been around the football block a few times, Kinnear should really know by now that man-management is absolutely key.

In the modern game, making your players feel valued and special can get that extra 10 per cent out of them, which can mean the difference between winning and losing.

So calling arguably Newcastle's best player Yohan Cabaye 'Kebab' was never going to be well received. What about Hatem Ben Arfa, another star in his ranks? 'Ben Afri'. It didn't end there either. Sammy Ameobi, who tweeted his disdain afterwards, became 'Amamobi', and leading scorer from last term Papiss Cisse, wait for it: Sissy. Oh Joe.

Having annoyed most of his playing staff, Kinnear bizarrely in the following weeks took to the press to claim he was much cleverer than all of the Newcastle fans, and (although this was likely not his choice) the club then broke an unwritten Geordie rule by rebranding the iconic 'Shearer's Bar' simply 'Nine'. Wow.

We wish Joe Kinnear, the manager Alan Pardew and everyone else at the club the best of luck for the season ahead, because quite frankly they will probably need it. In honour of Joe's gaffe ridden start we present five other managerial mishaps.

5. Henning Berg - Blackburn
Played: 10
Win %: 10%

A world class centre-back in his day who played for Blackburn an incredible 250 times.

Berg spoke of his immense pride at having been appointed at struggling Blackburn and announced his plans to take them back up the ladder and into the footballing limelight of the Premier League once more. 

Little did he know; 57 days later, after an uninspiring start, the club's owners, Venky's, who are better known for their chicken business, served the aggrieved manager his P45.

4. Brian Clough - Leeds United
Played: 6
Win %: 16.6%

Having won the First Division with Derby County in 1971, Brian Clough took over from the legendary Don Revie at Leeds United.

After a terrible start, which saw an ugly brawl on the pitch at Wembley during the Charity Shield, and a player revolt against him, orchestrated by players who Clough had spent several years slating publicly, "Old Big 'Ead" was sacked after only 44 days.

3. Alex McLeish - Nottingham Forest
Played: 4
Win %: 25%

When new owners took over Nottingham Forest and promised an injection of cash into the club's transfer coffers, everyone around the club thought they might soon be returning to the promised land of the Premier League.

Vastly experienced McLeish was brought in to lead the club's charge up the league but was clearing his desk after just 40 days, citing a disagreement with the club's owners over transfer policy.

2. Paul Hart - QPR
Played: 5
Win %: 20%

Recently relegated QPR may have quickly dispensed of Mark Hughes last season, but that's nothing. Spare a thought for poor old Hart who was given the boot by Flavio Briatore after only 28 days. The reason? A bust-up with controversial talisman, Adel Taraabt. 

Realistically, there was only ever going to be one winner in this argument, and it wasn't the manager. 

1. Leroy Rosenior - Torquay
Played: 0
Win %: n/a

Ten minutes. That's not how long it took me to make my lunch today. No. That's the length of poor Leroy's second spell as manager of Torquay in 2007.

He was appointed just before the club was bought out, and then rather rudely dumped by the club's new owners, in favour of their own choice of manager, Paul Buckle, just 600 seconds later.

 

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