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Saturday 19 April 2014

Expect top flight tantrums from Premier League managers

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  (L-R) Paul Lambert the Aston Villa manager and Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager clash during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: (L-R) Paul Lambert the Aston Villa manager and Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager clash during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The football season is less than a week old and, to no-one's great surprise, things have already started to boil over.

Whether it's Jose's latest histrionics following a feisty encounter with Paul Lambert at Stamford Bridge or everyone's favourite Mad Hatter, Ian Holloway, announcing his return to the Premier League with FA charges of improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute, very little appears to have changed from previous seasons.

Perhaps it's a compliment to the recently departed Sir Alex Ferguson, but it appears that a greater number of top flight managers are continuing to forego the gentlemanly values of stoic calmness in favour of throwing a tantrum whenever the going gets tough.

The FA's Respect campaign will no doubt continue to flounder as a greater number of managers than ever continue to equate being the best with who can shout the loudest.

A recent national newspaper survey provided a ranking highlighting the league's greatest offenders.

Unsurprisingly we were provided with a cast of usual suspects topping the charts. The likes of Big Sam and his big mouth, as well as the ever dictatorial Paolo Di Canio, joined the big names of Moyes, Mourhino and Wenger as the league's most contentious leaders.

However, all is not lost. If, bosses like Chris Hughton and Michael Laudrup can continue their respective successes perhaps more of them will choose to emulate their styles. Until then, however, the FA can but hope that managers' behaviour will improve.

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