Top 5: Premier League managers who enjoyed a Mourinho style strop-off

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With the Chelsea boss storming out of an interview when quizzed on Branislav Ivanovic, here are five instances of managers throwing similar tantrums.

Jose Mourinho may be the suave, sophisticated champion of mind games among the Premier League’s elite managers in the eyes of the adoring press, but that has not prevented the Special One from channelling his inner child when the situation requires it.

The latest incident involving The Special One was a play straight off the primary school playground, with the Portuguese showcasing the poise of a spoiled brat when deciding to dodge questions on Branislav Ivanovic’s non-bite against Everton by storming out.

But Mourinho is not the first Premier League manager to indulge in a good old strop-off and he certainly will not be the last.

Here are five of our personal favourites.

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend with over 125 goals to his name from just over 360 appearances for the Red Devils. He loves United, having won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League while he was there as a player.

He was also, for a short time, manager of Cardiff City during their ill-fated one-season stay in the Premier League. So with the Bluebirds struggling and Manchester United in the midst of a miserable season under David Moyes, what is the best question to ask the Norwegian?

Does he think Liverpool can win the league? Does he ****.

4. David Moyes

Long before Moyes’ press conferences became a weekly opportunity to hear the Scot mispronounce the name of a random Spanish player or team, the one-time Everton manager used to indulge in his fair share of tantrums during his pre-and-post-match meetings with the press.

One particular incident saw the then-Toffees gaffer take offence at a seemingly innocent question regarding Royston Drenthe. The on-loan Dutchman had been frozen out of the first-team picture after going AWOL during the season.

Asked whether that was “it” for the winger, Moyes responded by pulling a face and running away. Unfortunately the same trick did not work at Manchester United.

3. Sir Alex Ferguson

A Premier League legend in terms of both winning trophies and storming off from press conferences and interviews, Sir Alex even went as far as giving Match of the Day the silent treatment for well over a decade and never hesitated from taking a reporter down a peg or two - as Kelly Cates once discovered.

One classic case came during the 2005/06 season when Manchester United were struggling in the Champions League. Asked by one reporter why English teams were not doing better in Europe, Ferguson simply scoffed, got up and walked off proclaiming “we’re not struggling.”

United went on to finish bottom of their group. But they didn’t struggle to get there.

2. Ron Atkinson

Richard Keys, the incumbent driver of the banter bus himself, is a big fan of Coventry City, so when then-manager Ron Atkinson came on to Monday Night Football to discuss the Sky Blues' 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton he decided to turn it into his own version of Frost vs Nixon.

Keys began with a simple question of “What’s next?” before Big Ron went into overdrive, first making threats that he would “whip” his Coventry team and then coming over all Columbo by asking Keys who won the Man of Match award.

Having proven his, at best, flimsy point, he bid them adieu before appearing to throw his headphones in the direction of an off-screen assistant, as the final seconds of the clip show.

1. Harry Redknapp

In much the same way that Michael J Fox’s character Marty McFly hates being called chicken in the Back to the Future film franchise, former QPR, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Southampton and Portsmouth (again) manager Harry Redknapp cannot stand being called a wheeler-dealer.

Built on the notion that because ‘Arry loves a dodgy transfer deal and looks like a forgotten extra from Only Fools and Horses, journalists have long championed the moniker when it comes to Redknapp.

However, one BBC reporter soon discovered that ‘Arry does not approve of the term during one interview which saw Redknapp storm off in disgust – possibly to complete a loan move for John Utaka, or merely to describe someone as ‘triffic’ lad through his car window.

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