As Sunday Sun get their revenge on Pardew, we look at some classic examples of the media's reaction to managers when fortunes take a slide for the worst.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has seemingly paid the price for deflecting the blame for his side’s poor form on the local press.
The Sunday Sun newspaper in the North East of England has reacted to comments from Pardew saying that the Magpies poor results of late have been down to pressure put on the team by the local press.
The paper released their Sunday sport edition this weekend with Pardew printed on the front page and with a mocking apology that read 'Sunday Sun would like to apologise for losing 3-0 to Sunderland, 4-0 to Manchester United, 4-0 to Southampton, 4-0 to Spurs, 3-0 to Chelsea, 3-0 to Everton, 2-0 to Man CIty, 1-0 to Fulham, 1-0 to Stoke, 1-0 to West Brom and 2-1 to Cardiff...oh, and for head butting David Meyler too.'
In light of the newspapers controversial headlines, here’s a few other examples of messages both good and bad that have been transmitted through the press.
Fergie’s goodbye – As Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his illustrious career at Old Trafford, the sign commemorated his reign with an image of a hairdryer. Fergie’s ‘hairdryer’ treatment became famous in his tenure with United, with players claiming being berated by the fiery Scot was similar to having a hairdryer on full-blast thrust onto your face.
Wally – This famous Daily Mail headline was in reference to England’s failure to make the European Championships in 2008. England were defeated in heavy rain at Wembley by Croatia, proving too much for then boss Steve McLaren, who took to the side-lines with an
umbrella. It did not however, manage to shield him from the sack the very next day.
‘Euwos’- After the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new England manager in the build-up to the 2012 Championships, the newspaper printed a headline mocking Hodgson’s speech impediment. It also printed the phrase ‘We'll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance’. This
led to much criticism from the footballing world, with the FA branding it ‘unacceptable’.
Turnip – The Sun printed this controversial headline in November 1993 after England suffered a defeat to Sweden under the guidance of Graham Taylor. Despite a brief return to competence in the media, Taylor was later branded a ‘Spanish onion’ after a friendly defeat to Spain.
Prat in hat – The Sun also had this dig at England manager Fabio Capello after a 2-1 defeat to France. The newspaper criticised the new-look England teams performance and Capello’s decision making that led to Steven Gerrard picking up an injury.