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8 Times Managers Famously Clashed With Members Of The Media

By Gary Connaughton
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Managers have a love-hate relationships with members of the media, in all sports. When things are going well, they are more than happy to let journalists know why their team is so successful.

When things are going a bit pear-shaped, it is an altogether different story.

This has led to some mad outbursts from coaches over the years, usually to do with the line of questioning a reporter is pursuing. Here are some of the most memorable ones.

Hal McRae - He loses the plot

Kansas City Royals coach Hal McRae was not best pleased with the line of questioning from journalists here, and wasn't long about getting rid of them.

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Andy McEntee - Leinster final outburst

Andy McEntee hit the headlines in 2019 after his confrontation with a journalist after Meath's Leinster final loss to Dublin.

After Jimmy Geoghegan of the Meath Chronicle asked McEntee a question about his players' availability for the Meath hurling championship this weekend in the post game press conference, the manager would later confront the reporter, saying:


I'll take the fucking head off you if I see you near the fucking dressing room again.

Davy Fitzgerald - Davy doesn't want to answer your questions

Davy has developed a reputation for his prickly relationship with the media at times, and this post-match interview after Clare's loss to Limerick in 2015 is the perfect example.



Roy Keane - "Whose phone is that?"

A classic of the genre, Roy Keane has very little time for mobile phones in his press conferences.




Martin O'Neill - His rivalry with Tony O'Donoghue


O'Neill was hardly the most welcoming to the press during his time in charge of Ireland, but he seemed to have particularly little patience with RTÉ football correspondent Tony O'Donoghue.

That pair had many a frosty encounter, but this one after Ireland's trashing in the World Cup play-off against Denmark may have been the best of them.



Liam Brady at Brighton - "If my granny had balls, she'd be my grandad."


Liam Brady spent two seasons in charge of Brighton, the highlight of which was this interview after his side drew 0-0 with non-league Canvey Island in a 1995 FA Cup tie.

Clearly not in the mood for it from the outset, his patience wore even thinner as the questioning went on.


Mike Gundy - "I'm a man, I'm 40."

This interview has become legendary over Stateside, with Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy clearly furious with the way his team had been covered by the media.

How many times does he say the word 'kids' here?



Noel King - 'Umpteen'

The forgotten manager of the Irish football team, Noel King just seemed happy to be there. He was in charge for two games in 2013, a 3-0 loss to Germany and a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

He was unhappy with Tony O'Donoghue's line of questioning after the Kazakh game, who simply asked why Kevin Doyle and Anthony Stokes had been played out wide.


That fairly told him.

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