John Terry isn't the only one to have lost his temper with Robbie Savage

Chelsea captain John Terry hit out at pundit Robbie Savage at a press conference, however he is far from the first to lose his temper with the Welshman.

Robbie Savage is not a man to shirk away from criticising others, although he may be wishing he had kept his opinions on Chelsea's poor form to himself after John Terry hit back in the club's latest press conference - covered by the BBC.

But what other players and clubs has Savage managed to annoy with his punditry? Here are five of the best.

Robin van Persie

Robbie Savage was particularly vocal in his criticism of mis-firing former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie at the beginning of last season, with the pundit's jibes particularly irking the Dutch striker as the pair had previously been on very good terms, even photographed enjoying a coffee together the year before.

Van Persie later revealed that he had tracked Savage down to call him out on his harsh words, and claimed the ex-Blackburn midfielder told him he deliberately over-egged his analysis to ensure that he kept his lucrative job as a television pundit.

"My kids go to the same school as Robbie Savage, a great lad," Van Persie revealed, as quoted in the Daily Express.

"I once asked him why he was so harsh in his judgements. He told me it had to do with the competition in the media landscape, between television stations.

"He admitted to sometimes judging harder than is reasonable but also that he has a mortgage to pay."

Mario Balotelli

Italian international Mario Balotelli wasn't happy when Robbie Savage questioned the severity of his illness, after a virus ruled the striker out of Liverpool's FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.

“Pathetic isn’t it? You’re going to miss an FA Cup quarter-final?” he told BT Sport.

“I don’t know how unwell he is, but to miss an FA Cup quarter-final when you’re feeling a bit ill? Nonsense. I would have to be really, really ill to miss that game.”

Except that it later turned out that Balotelli was, in fact, “really, really ill”. The eccentric ex-Manchester City striker, now playing in Serie A for AC Milan again, took to Instagram to prove his illness by sharing his overly high temperature.


Savage managed to irritate an entire club, and many of their loyal supporters when he misguidedly tipped Swansea City to be relegated at the beginning of last season.

"WBA, Saints, Swans, Burnley, Villa are going to really struggle this year, could three of these go down?” the former footballer wrote on Twitter.

Fans hit out at him on Twitter and in the press, with one notably annoyed fan writing in to the South Wales Evening Post to complain that “Savage is clueless - who cares what he thinks.”

Alan Pardew

Robbie Savage's BBC column is often one of the things that gets him into the most trouble, and he came in for some flak when he wrote that Alan Pardew, then in charge of Newcastle United, looked like a “broken man” after defeat to Southampton.

"I thought that article was not right and we've had a lot of press like that,” a furious Pardew later told the BBC.

"He said I was a broken man and I was far from that this week."

Roy Keane

Finally, although fellow pundit Roy Keane has kept his opinions on Savage's analysis to himself, he did hilariously reveal in his autobiography that he came close to signing the Welshman when in charge of Sunderland.

However, Savage's answerphone message convinced him into changing his mind.

“I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him,” Keane wrote.

“It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be f****** signing that.’”

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