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12 struggles only Barclays Premier League managers will know

12 struggles only Barclays Premier League managers will know

14/12/2015Sport

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Barclays Premier League bosses are no different from the rest of us. Well, if you’re someone who works 16-hour days and regularly squanders millions on athletes, that is. They've also got their own unique set of pressures that we mere mortals just don’t understand. Imagine trying to keep it together while having to cope with problems such as these…

 

1. Doing up a zip

Miralem Pjanic

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has had repeated problems with fastening up his big coat over the years

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has had repeated problems with fastening up his big coat over the years, and is it any coincidence that the Gunners haven’t won the Premier League since his repetitive zip woes began? No, no it isn’t.

2. Maintaining a ‘football philosophy’

Artyom Dzyuba

Eddie Howe has been mumbling stuff about maintaining his “football philosophy”

With his Bournemouth side finding life in the Barclays Premier League tricky, Eddie Howe has been mumbling stuff about maintaining his “football philosophy”. While we applaud this positive attitude, a glance at Bournemouth’s defensive record suggests it might be time to dispense with the deep thinking.

3. Coping with it not being all about you

Maxime Lestienne

Not averse to referring to himself in the third person

Not averse to referring to himself in the third person, you just know that the Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would only be truly at ease if he could field a team comprised of eleven clones of himself. Though frankly, we’d happily pay millions ourselves to make that a reality.

4. Maintaining that ‘Special One’ thing

Vincent Aboubakar

Arrogance can be a magical thing when it’s backed up with achievement

Arrogance can be a magical thing when it’s backed up with achievement. But is José Mourinho still the ‘Special One’ after leaving Chelsea languishing in the bottom half of the table? You’re not the Messiah any more José. You’re just a very silly boy!

5. Dodging Homeland fans 

Hakan Calhanoglu

It’s no wonder that Garry Monk was sacked by Swansea – he was faced with weepy Damian Lewis devotees everywhere he went

It’s no wonder that Garry Monk was sacked by Swansea – he was faced with weepy Damian Lewis devotees everywhere he went, clamouring for selfies and – spoiler alert! – crying on his shoulder over Brody’s tragic death.

6. Applauding your players when they’ve done well 

Nabil Fekir

Just put those hands together and let your players know you’re pleased with them

We knew Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was a hard man to impress, but this is ridiculous. Just put those hands together and let your players know you’re pleased with them, Sam. Share the love, please!

7. Keeping up with tracksuit trends

Mateo Kovačić

Tony Pulis still thinks nothing of dressing like the kind of man who gets all his best business done during an afternoon session in a Yates’s Wine Lodge.

He might be almost 58 but West Brom leader Tony Pulis still thinks nothing of dressing like the kind of man who gets all his best business done during an afternoon session in a Yates’s Wine Lodge. Looking snazzy there Tony… 

8. Staying humble 

Jose Luis Gaya

The Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has got the lot

Handsome, successful, handsome, respected, handsome, and handsome – the Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has got the lot. But how does he stay grounded? Why should he even have to? Look at him – he’s sooooo dreamy…

9. Worrying about moving house

Youri Tielemans

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can ever do

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can ever do. If he can’t dodge the drop at the end of the season, Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic will have the keys to London’s palatial Olympic Stadium but be reduced to furnishing it with Ikea furniture.

10. Acrophobia 

Leonardo Bonucci

If Claudio Ranieri claims he expected Leicester to be level on points with the league leaders as December rolled around, he’s lying

If Claudio Ranieri claims he expected Leicester to be level on points with the league leaders as December rolled around, he’s lying. If his table-topping side stays at high altitude for much longer, he’ll need an oxygen mask, not to mention a sherpa or two… 

11. Keeping your cool 

Lucas Moura

Batten down the hatches

Sure, Jurgen Klopp is all smiles when he’s interviewed on Liverpool’s online video show Kop Kids or when watching his side hammer Southampton 6-1. But when they lose at home to Crystal Palace? Batten down the hatches lads, we’re in for a storm…

12. Getting out of this sorry mess ASAP

Lucas Moura

Run, Rémi Garde. Run while you can.

Run, Rémi Garde. Run while you can!

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