Diego Simeone has been one of the most successful managers in world football in recent years, leading Atletico Madrid to two Champions League finals in three years, a La Liga title and a Europa League win. He has also been one of the most noticeable presences on football fields around Europe, jumping up and down with joy when his team scores and remonstrating with his players when they fail to execute his tactics.
Basque coach Unai Emery has enjoyed some wonderful seasons at Sevilla, leading them to three consecutive Europa League victories. His activity on the sidelines showed just how much it meant to him, yelling instructions almost non-stop during games and taking up any number of unusual body positions in reaction to events on-field. French football fans can look forward to lots of passion next season in the capital, as he has taken over the manager’s position at Paris St Germain.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is a legend of world football, having won many titles and set numerous records during his 27 years at Manchester United. The Scotsman was a highly tactical but also hugely passionate manager, yelling instructions from the sidelines, sharing a joke with his players and even refusing to give the BBC an interview for many years… Many players will also have etched in their memory for many years his infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’, so named as that was what it felt like to be on the receiving end of his criticism during half time team talks.
Slaven Bilic has worked wonders in the last few years with the Croatia national team and more recently with West Ham but he is just as well known for his big personality. The beanie and earring-wearing manager is a former rockstar and social campaigner. When asked about protests over a ticket price increase at Liverpool, he said: “It’s not polo, it’s not golf, it’s not a sport for upper class … It should be affordable … This is not Les Miserables, this is football.”
The former Dortmund manager rarely fails to entertain, whether on the sidelines or in press conferences. So animated he verges on maniacal at times, producing facial cortosions worthy of the greatest actors. He is also known for his sense of humour and down-to-earth demeanour, announcing his arrival at Liverpool with the admission that he was ‘The normal one’, a dig at Jose Mourinho’s infamous ‘Special one’ quote.
The Italian has produced many memorable moments over the years, during his time at Juventus and as Italy coach. Though his celebrations during Italy’s win against Spain in the 2016 European Championships may be just as special. After his team scored their second goal against the two-time reigning champions in the final minutes, all but sealing their spot in the quarterfinals, Conte proceeded to jump in the air, hug his staff and jump on top of the dugout to celebrate with the fans. Chelsea and Premier League fans may look forward to more of the same next season…
The former Barcelona player has been one of the most successful coaches in Europe over the past few years, winning numerous Champions Leagues, league and cup titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The former midfielder is known for his intelligent approach to the game, spending hours watching videos of previous performances by upcoming opponents. However, he also brings this energy pitchside, directing his players with his typically passionate, hands-on style.
The perennially scarf-sporting Italian is almost as well known for his style as he is for his management skills but he does care greatly about results on the field. And he shows it.
Luis Enrique, Barcelona’s second consecutive former player turned manager, is usually a pretty relaxed, measured manager but he is capable of great passion, celebrating his teams successes with a jump, hugs and a trademark fist-pump.
When Roy Hodgson took over as England manager, he embarked on the ambitious plan to rejuventate the squad with younger players. Unfortunately, poor results at the Euros have ended that plan. But the man’s passion for the job has rarely come into question, Hodgson often looking like he was about to fall into the pits of despair when results didn’t go his way.
Arsene Wenger may be a surprise choice on this list as he is known for his cerebral approach to the game. But the Frenchman is also capable of moments of great passion, shaking his fists in celebration. One particular moment of madness also comes to mind, when he faced up to Mourinho and pushed him during a game at Stamford Bridge… It’s all water under the bridge now we hope.