By Philip Lovegrove
As football fans, we can’t help but love watching managers having a dispute on the sidelines.
Sunday’s touchline fracas between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during the first half certainly livened up the cagey opening affair on the pitch.
This isn’t the first time, as the beautiful game has seen some heated exchanges between managers during many a match.
Let’s take a look at the top five greatest bust-ups when managers have failed to see eye to eye.
5. Ally McCoist v Neil Lennon
The Old Firm derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, and in March 2001, emotions ran high between both clubs as Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon verbally attacked one another.
Tempers had previously boiled over a month before when Rangers striker El Hadj Diouf claimed the Celtic boss had targeted him in the tunnel at Ibrox, and the bad blood came to a head again at Celtic Park when touchline mayhem broke out in the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay.
Rangers boss Walter Smith accused Lennon of setting off the spat, as the fiery redhead came out of his technical area to exchange words with Diouf and McCoist, following the dismissal of Steven Whittaker.
4. Alan Pardew v David Meyler
Another manager and player bust-up, this time between Alan Pardew and David Meyler, happened last season at the KC Stadium.
The incident happened while Hull were trailing 3-1 when Meyler tried to retrieve the ball from Pardew’s hands in front of the visiting dugout, only for the Newcastle boss to angrily respond by head-butting the midfielder, much to the disbelief of everyone inside the ground.
Pardew was given a seven-game touchline ban, a £60,000 FA fine, as well as costing the club a £100,000 fine.
The Republic of Ireland international has since accepted Pardew’s apology, with the pair shaking hands before this season’s encounter.
3. Alex Ferguson v Roberto Mancini
One of the biggest showdowns in managerial history came in one of the biggest games, when Sir Alex Ferguson squared up to Roberto Mancini at the Etihad in April 2012.
Both bosses went toe-to-toe ten minutes before the end of the all important title clash, after Nigel De Jong had been booked for a foul on Danny Welbeck.
The pair were eventually separated by officials with the City boss making hand gestures towards Ferguson, which seemed to only intensify the situation.
A solitary Vincent Kompany header in the first-half would end up winning the game, with United eventually surrendering the title to their neighbours.
2. Arsene Wenger v Alan Pardew
Arsene Wenger has certainly shown plenty of fight on the sidelines during his career at Arsenal. In November 2006, the Gunners boss demonstrated his anger again in a touchline tussle with Alan Pardew.
The ex-West Ham boss has never shied away from showing his emotions, and certainly displayed them here, as his side hit a dramatic late winner at Upton Park.
The Arsenal boss was more than angered, when he saw Pardew celebrate enthusiastically in front of the away dugout, and tempers soon flared between the two.
Wenger was fined £10,000 for his aggressive behaviour, while Pardew was cleared of any charges.
1. Jose Mourinho v Tito Vilanova
Jose Mourinho was involved in another fractious run in, this time with the late Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in August 2012.
The incident happened during the Spanish Super Cup when the Portugese boss was coaching Real Madrid, with Barca emerging 3-2 winners on the night to claim the Super Copa 5-4 on aggregate.
In a match which finished in ugly scenes at the Camp Nou, Mourinho appeared to poke Vilanova in the eye, with the Barca boss responding later by striking the Madrid coach on the side of the head.
Mourinho, as a result, was given a two-match ban for his involvement in the mass brawl, which started after defender Marcelo was sent off. Both managers were fined 600 euros.
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