Some managers will always hold a special place in fans hearts no matter where they go. Others are just a target for abuse, whose return is eagerly awaited by supporters who will get an opportunity to express their feelings. Down are five managers who were abused while facing their former clubs.
5. Brian Clough -Leeds United
Tras el Leeds United, en 1975, Brian Clough fichó por el Nottingham Forest. pic.twitter.com/WO3Lz18AMv
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Clough’s attitude to the entire set-up at Elland Road alienated him from the players as well as the fans who had been devastated to see the successful Don Revie leave the club.
Three years later, the then Nottingham Forest manager returned to Elland Road for the first time. Immediately the crowd focused all their attention on to their former manager, vilifying him for his attitude to the club. Clough had the last laugh winning 1-0.
4. Harry Redknapp -Portsmouth
— Football On This Day (@1FOTD) November 24, 2015
In 2004 the former Tottenham manager left Portsmouth and went to manage their local and most hated rivals Southampton. On his return to Fratton Park with the Saints, echoes of “Judas” rang around the ground.
Bizarrely in December 2005, Redknapp left Southampton to return to Portsmouth!!! This time he led Pompey to an FA Cup Final win and incurred the wrath of the Saints’ fans.-who-received-abuse-when-they-returned-to-face-their-former-club.
3. Sam Allardyce -Newcastle United
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 11, 2016
In May 2007 Allardyce was appointed the manager at Newcastle on a three-year contract. By January 2008, the Former England boss was sacked. Fast forward to March 2016 and “Big Sam” pitched up at St James’ Park with Newcastle’s bitter local rivals Sunderland.
Both teams were involved in a relegation battle, but the Gallowgate End only had eyes and chants for their former boss. The 63-year-old had the final say as his Sunderland side stayed up while the Magpies were relegated.
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