Top 10 fat football managers
1. Barry Fry
Never has the term ‘you are what you eat’ been more appropriate than in the case of ex-Southend, Birmingham and Peterborough boss Bazza. The current Posh director of football is larger than life in every sense of the phrase.
2. Diego Maradona
As far as we know, he’s the only fat manager on our last to have undergone gastric band surgery. We will give him some credit for getting himself back to a respectable level of chubbiness – albeit he cheated slightly – but he used to be HUGE.
3. Martin Jol
Jol by name, jolly by stature. The ex-Tottenham boss was allegedly once overlooked as a candidate to become assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because Fergie thought his squad wouldn’t take a fat man seriously.
4. Andy Thorn
The recently appointed Coventry City manager is not someone you’d want to bump into in a dark alley, if only because it might be a bit of a tight squeeze. Very nearly has a horizontally symmetrical head.
5. Jose Antonio Camacho
The chubby Spaniard shocked the world by brazenly displaying his sweaty fat man armpits during the 2002 World Cup. Photos of Camacho during his playing days show he has always been a bit of a barrell. To be fair, he has probably slimmed down a little since his moment of sweaty shame.
6. Paul Jewell
It is little wonder that Jewell hardly played in the last few years as a footballer, because when he returned as a manager he was huge! We can only assume that he gets his car bonnet reinforced.
8. Sam Allardyce
Any manager who comes with prefix ‘Big’ was a likely contender for this list. Sam just sees off the competition from Phil Scolari to get the nod. Another of the managers who has yo-yoed in terms of fatness despite being naturally big-boned.
9. Neil Shipperley
Remember ex-Chelsea and Southampton striker Neil Shipperley? He’s now manager of non-league outfit Walton Casuals. It looks like someone has probably had to dig a bit more out of the dugout to accommodate the boss. He’s 36, by the way.
10. John Toshack
Clear belly button definition through a cotton t-shirt is impressive by anyone’s standards. Ex-Wales gaffer Tosh thrived as Kevin Keegan’s ‘big man’ strike partner during his playing days, but has taken this a bit too literally in his time as a manager.
We’re bound to have missed some true bloaters, so leave your suggestions below.