Tim Sherwood and the bizarre 'salute': The best managerial goal celebrations

Where does Sherwood's latest celebration for Tottenham rank among the best managerial celebrations?

Tim Sherwood chose a rather peculiar way to respond to Emmanuel Adebayor’s equaliser in the 5-1 victory over Sunderland by saluting the striker alongside coach Chris Ramsey – with the Togo international strangely saluting his manager back.

Sherwood did have a chuckle to himself on the sidelines after the gesture, but where does it rank among the best (and worst) manager celebrations of all time?

From Jose Mourinho to Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger to Jose Mourinho, Graeme Souness and Jose Mourinho once more, we take a look at those moments on the sidelines when managers lose all sense of their surroundings.

View Sherwood's reaction below...

Jose Mourinho – Porto v Manchester United

‘The Special One’ announced himself in England when a late injury-time Francisco Costinha goal earned Porto the draw they required to knock Sir Alex Ferguson’s United side out of the Champions League. Queue pandemonium in the Porto dugout, with Mourinho’s first instinct to race down the stars and sprint all the way to the end of the pitch where his players were celebrating, waving his arms frantically as he went.

Paolo Di Canio – Newcastle v Sunderland

In a derby as fierce as the Tyne-Wear on between Newcastle and Sunderland, you may best be advised to keep your celebrations to a minimum. One rather hot-headed Italian decided against doing so though, as Di Canio celebrated the 3-0 win over the Magpies by sliding on his knees, ruining his suit in the process, and fist-pumping as much as his arms would allow. Newcastle was not amused.

Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur argues with Jorge Jesus manager of Benfica Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur argues with Jorge Jesus manager of Benfica Jorge Jesus – Benfica v Tottenham

The Benfica manager got a little too excited in reminding (of all people) Tim Sherwood what the scoreline was in the recent Europa League last-16 first leg. When the Portuguese side went three goals up, Jesus waved three fingers in the direction of Sherwood, prompting a clash between the pair. Sherwood would later say he has “no respect” for the Benfica man.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd – Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday

The Old Trafford dugout couldn’t contain Ferguson and Kidd when Steve Bruce scored against Wednesday to secure the 1992-93 title for United, as the pair pranced and leaped their way onto the pitch in celebration. Perhaps the pair quickly realised where they were, as they soon disappeared back to the safe haven on the dugout.

Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid v Manchester City

Mourinho makes his second appearance in the chart for his hilarious reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against City during his days as Real Madrid manager. The Portuguese sprinted onto the pitch before sliding on his knees, pumping his arms a la Di Canio. Maybe it’s a continental thing?

Alan Pardew – Newcastle v Fulham

Pardew recently dominated the headlines for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler, but it was his celebration of a late winner last year that saw the Magpies secure victory over Fulham. Deep into injury time, Papiss Cisse struck a winner, sending Pardew crazy as he stormed into the home fans to celebrate with the exuberant Geordies.

Arsene Wenger – Arsenal v Villarreal

‘The Professor’ rarely overdoes it with his goal celebration, especially as he is a firm favourite of the double-arm pump as he emerges from his chair at the Emirates. But Robin van Persie’s goal for the Gunners sent Wenger over the edge, and he even started pumping his legs, speeding up as he edged closer to the pitch like a steam train. You can watch this one again and again, and it only gets funnier.

Graeme Souness – Fenerbahce v Galatasaray

Not many have the courage to plant your club’s flag in the centre of your fiercest rival’s home turf. Even fewer have the nerve to do it in Turkey. But for some unexplained reason, Souness felt the time was right to earn himself a reputation in the country that he would never shake off, after he planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of the Fenerbahce pitch after the final whistle. Cue mayhem, and Souness making a swift exit towards the tunnel – he still found time to give a player a slap on his way out.

Samuel Eto'o and Mourinho celebrate Inter's Champions League triumph in 2010 Samuel Eto'o and Mourinho celebrate Inter's Champions League triumph in 2010 Jose Mourinho – Inter Milan v Barcelona

The Champions League semi-final saw Mourinho come up against his old adversaries, and Inter gave a brilliant display in how to defend against the Catalan juggernaut. Upon the final whistle, Mourinho decided he deserved a lap of honour, and ran from one side of the pitch to the other, raising his hand along the way. At one point, he looks a tad lost, before Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes attempt to show him back towards the tunnel, visibly fuming with Mourinho’s celebration. 

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