Three classic press conference walkouts from managers

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal walked out of his press conference on Wednesday afternoon amid rumours he was set to be sacked by the club. The under-fire coach was said to be unhappy with certain aspects of the media due to his precarious position at Old Trafford and made his feelings apparent by leaving prematurely.

Van Gaal is certainly not the only manager who has become enraged by the actions of the media in a press conference and if history is anything to go by, he will certainly not be the last.

Here are three recent examples involving famous managers who finally decided that enough was enough.


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1. Jose Mourinho - Chelsea

During his second coming at Stamford Bridge, it is safe to say Mourinho had his fair share of controversial interviews and press conferences. This example dates back to 2013 when the 'Special One' was talking to the media about his upcoming Champions League tie with Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest.

The Portuguese coach became enraged when the media kept directing questions towards players who would not be involved in the match, the main man involved in the debacle being Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian midfielder, now of Manchester City, was a player who rarely featured during his time under Mourinho and was set to miss out on the squad for the tie in question.

Despite trying to steer the topic away from De Bruyne's omission the media continued to press for answers from the Chelsea coach, which eventually led to the delivery of a classic Mourinho response and subsequently him walking out as fast as possible.

Classic Jose really.

2. Sir Alex Ferguson - Manchester United

Sir Alex was never one to shy away from the press or deliver the odd controversial interview so it is only natural that he appears on this list.

This example again, comes courtesy of another pre-match Champions League press conference, this time in 2011, with the Red Devils set to face FC Basel with their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

Ferguson's side had just drawn 2-2 with Benfica which meant they had to avoid a loss to the Swiss champions, leading to the media questioning the strength of English sides in the competition.

Of course, a question of this kind was bound to enrage a volatile figure such as the former United boss, which led to Ferguson essentially refusing to give a straight answer and storming out of proceedings.

When will the media learn?

3. Pep Guardiola - Bayern Munich

In recent weeks, a lot more detail has been given regarding the future of the Bayern Munich manager. Guardiola is set to leave his post in Bavaria, although his next destination is unknown for the time being.

However, towards the end of September in this year, questions about his future kept surfacing in a press conference, with several rumours hinting that he could be next in line for the England job after the conclusion of Euro 2016.

The media kept trying to seduce an answer out of the charismatic Spaniard despite the coach passing up their previous attempts and they were unable to break his stiff resistance.

The Bayern boss was quick to state that he had no other priority apart from his current club and proceeded to walk out, with the media crying out for answers to their England related questions.

Are there any more memorable ones you can think of? Leave a comment below!

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