Regardless of your occupation or status, you’re almost certain to have had a disagreement with your boss at some point.
For fear of losing your job, you may have screamed at each other, yelled at each other, or thought something nasty but kept it to yourself because you didn’t want to be fired.
You can rest assured that footballers are no different from you in any of these scenarios. We’ll look at some of the most well-known fights between players and coaches throughout history.
1. Mario Balotelli on Jose Mourinho
Balotelli has been called “impossible to work with” by both the self-proclaimed Special One and Steven Gerrard in the past.
“Mourinho is the best coach in the world, but as a man he still needs to learn manners and respect,” said the former Manchester City forward when asked about his former manager by Gazetta Dello Sport.
Someone who was involved in an altercation with his former manager, Roberto Mancini, speaking with a lot of hypocrisy.
2. Romelu Lukaku against Thomas Tuchel
Romelu Lukaku was the latest footballer to openly criticize his manager, Thomas Tuchel, in the most recent case of footballers speaking out against their bosses.
Speaking publicly about his desire to join Inter and his friendship with Tuchel, he made it clear that he was open to the idea.
“It’s only natural that I’m dissatisfied with the current state of affairs.
Although the head coach has opted to implement a new method, I must continue to put in the effort and conduct myself in a professional manner.”
When asked about his dissatisfaction with the scenario, the striker replied, “I’m a grafter and must not let up,” referring to his reduced playing time under the German trainer.
3. Roy Keane on Sir Alex Ferguson
This is an excerpt from Roy Keane’s response to Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography revealing too much.
Keane told Football Focus that he thought the criticism of him and the other players had been excessive.
“We performed a good job for the team, had some success, and the manager is slamming us all.” I don’t understand why this manager thinks he can criticize us without anyone saying anything because he believes he has all the power. ” Why should we sit here and take this nonsense in?
4. Yaya Toure against Pep Guardiola
Yaya Toure’s feud with Pep Guardiola is one of the most tumultuous periods in recent memory for sportsmen criticizing their managers.
In an interview with a French publication, Toure fumed, “Pep likes to control and wants subservient players who lick his hands.” “I’m not a fan of this type of relationship.” I admire my coach, but I’m not his type. I like other players, have had disagreements with my coaches.
However, men who do not understand one other eventually reconcile. “With Pep, who is quite rigorous, this is not conceivable,” he quipped
5. Mesut Ozil and Joachim Low
The football world was stunned when Mesut Ozil announced his resignation from the German national team owing to racism allegations.
Nobody knows this better than the manager.
He stated, “There was never any type of racism in the Germany team.” “His representative contacted me to inform me of his impending retirement.”
Mesut never called me, and he still hasn’t. I tried to contact him via text message and phone multiple times but Mesut has made the decision to go along this road.”