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6 Premier League Managers Who Stormed Out of Press Conferences

Press conferences can be tough to deal with. Especially if your team isn't doing too well. And the pressure from journalists can get too much to deal with for certain hot-headed football managers. 

It comes as no surprise that Jose Mourinho has walked out of multiple press conferences, leaving behind a room full of befuddled journalists and a host of unanswered questions. But it's not just Mourinho who has left a lasting impression on the media.

Here are 6 managers (including The Special One) who stormed out of press conferences:

6. David Moyes

When you think of the then-Everton manager, it's difficult to imagine someone who projects such a calm demeanor to walk out of a press conference. But that's exactly what happened when David Moyes faced the media before Everton's trip to Manchester United in April 2012.

Dutch winger Royston Drenthe had been told by Moyes to stay away from the club after the player arrived late for training at Everton’s Finch Farm complex and was immediately sent home. The incident was one of a string of events, which had tested the manager's patience since Drenthe's loan move from Real Madrid, wrecking his hopes of earning a full-time deal at Everton. 

Moyes gave the reporter who asked him about Drenthe's disciplinary record a hard stare before getting up from his seat and walking out of the room without a word.

5. Mark Hughes

A furious Mark Hughes stormed out of his post-match news conference after Stoke City lost 1-0 to Newcastle United in January 2018. Chants of “Hughes out” rung out in the stadium towards the end of the game, and some Stoke supporters held up banners calling for the manager to be sacked.

Hughes was criticised for resting key players in the 5-0 drubbing at ​Chelsea to ensure his team were in a more favourable position to take on the Magpies, a game he was confident of winning.

When this was questioned in his post-match press conference, he reacted angrily and exited promptly, cutting a frustrated figure.

4. Nuno Espirito Santo

Last season, Nuno Espirito Santo stormed out of his press conference after his Wolves side lost 3-1 away to Southampton. Wolves were having a bit of a downer, and hadn't won away from home in their last six attempts.

One journalist tried to ask the Wolves boss to explain why the club weren't performing on the road. But rather than answer the question, Nuno got angry with the reporter, and stormed out the press room.

3. Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino struggled to hold back tears after Tottenham came from 3-0 down to beat Ajax in the Champions League semi-final last season. It was a brilliant effort by his team, and the Spurs manager was visibly emotional during his post-match press conference.

Unfortunately for Poch, he was then faced with probably the last question he wanted to be asked by a different journalist in the press room.

"Mauricio, two questions. Will Harry Kane be fit for the final?"

Unsurprisingly, he didn't get the chance to ask his second. In response to the question, Pochettino simply said: "Ciao," and walked out of the media room.

2. Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal's press conference in December 2015 lasted only four minutes and 58 seconds before the then-Manchester United manager walked out following speculation over his position at the club. 

A moody Van Gaal voiced his frustrations about the ongoing speculation about his job security, particularly since Jose Mourinho had parted company with Chelsea. In a clearly tense atmosphere, the Dutchman accused the media of mistreating him and repeatedly taking his words out of context to suit their own agendas.

He took two questions before being further prodded by the media on the Mourinho to United rumours, and got up and walked out of the room.

1. Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho walked out of his press conference in August 2018 after Manchester United’s resounding 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur demanding that reporters show “respect” for his achievements.

The United manager left the room holding up three fingers which, as well as denoting the size of his side’s defeat, he said signified the number of Premier League titles he had won, a total he made a point of stressing was greater than the top flight’s other 19 managers put together.

The Portuguese was clearly miffed as he stormed out of the room. The loss to Tottenham meant that the Red Devils lost two of their first three league games for the first time since 1992, a record which has now been broken by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 6 Premier League managers (including The Special One) who stormed out of press conferences