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These Premier League managerial love stories will leave you all warm inside

Even Jose Mourinho has made a friend over the years

It’s one of the most high pressure jobs in the world of sport.

You might think that Premier League managers wouldn’t be able stand the sight of each other considering the cut throat nature of their profession.

However, it turns out that alongside the backhanded jibes between one another in the media, there are actually some managerial bromance that have stayed strong.


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David Wagner & Jurgen Klopp

Hold what you love close

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Hold what you love close

This is more than just one of those ‘friends from work’ relationships.

Wagner was asked by Klopp to be his best man back in 2004 and even organised the Liverpool manager’s stag-do.

Klopp and Wagner were seen running around the Christmas market in Mainz with Santa Claus masks on.

Who ever said the Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

Imagine a night out with these two…

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Imagine a night out with these two…

Klopp even admitted to “crying like a baby” when he saw Wagner’s Huddersfield win promotion back in 2017.

#FriendshipGoals right there.

Ronald Koeman & Pep Guardiola

Where it all began

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Where it all began

This love affair can be traced back to the 1980s.

Guardiola and Koeman played together at Barcelona with the Man City manager idolising the Dutchman.

The current Premier League champion has previously said: “When Ronald needed water, he’d wake up to water from me.” What a man.

Ironically, Guardiola appears to be the thirsty one.

A long lasting relationship

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A long lasting relationship

Koeman clearly enjoys the Spaniard’s company as he recently revealed: “We have spent many hours together, talking football.”

The ex-Barcelona pair used to see each other regularly when Koeman was Everton boss.

The two are getting used to life apart as Koeman was made the Dutch national team manager earlier this year.

Maurizio Sarri & Eddie Howe

What a pairing

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What a pairing

This is a surprising union which dates back to 2013.

Howe was managing in the Championship with his Bournemouth side and Sarri was in charge of Empoli.

The Cherries boss approached Sarri asking if he could shadow the nicotine obsessed Neapolitan.

The two organised a friendly when Sarri was in charge of Napoli

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The two organised a friendly when Sarri was in charge of Napoli

Young Howe was scouting the smaller clubs in France and Italy and was most impressed with Sarri’s side.

The Englishman said: “I spent a period of time with Maurizio and he was brilliant with me.”

While the two are not tied at the hip, it’s a nice romantic tale of beauty and the beast.

Marco Silva & Jose Mourinho

Get someone who looks at you like this

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Get someone who looks at you like this

The narcissistic Mourinho really does have friends.

While he isn’t on Arsene Wenger or Antonio Conte’s Christmas card list, the Man United manager has a close bond with the Everton boss.

Whilst ‘The next Mourinho’ was in charge of Watford, the pair were very complimentary of each other.

He can’t keep his eyes off Mourinho

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He can’t keep his eyes off Mourinho

Silva has spoken fondly of his bottle throwing pal, stating: “We don’t see each other many many times but he is a very good person.

Mourinho clearly thinks just as highly of the ex-Watford manager and prior to their meeting last season insisted that their relationship was “very good.”

But there is only one true love for Jose…


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