Five managers who didn’t turn up for games
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Five managers who didn’t turn up for games

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has caused a stir by announcing that he will not take charge of the club for their FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.

The move comes after the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw Shrewsbury to book a replay in the FA Cup at Anfield but Klopp said the club’s under-23 boss Neil Critchley will take charge of the game.

But who are the other managers who skipped first-team fixtures?

Neil Warnock

During his time at Leeds, Warnock missed an FA Cup tie with Birmingham City due to illness. Unlike Klopp, Warnock listened to the game on the radio and was on the phone throughout the tie with his assistant Mick Jones.

Jones then put Warnock on the loudspeaker to allow him to make his team talk as they came from a goal down to force a replay which Leeds won 2-1 at St Andrew’s.

Edgar Davids

David career at Barnet was not short of drama. He assigned himself the No.1 shirt, was sent off three times in five matches and made an arrangement with the club that meant he was not obliged to travel to away games that required an overnight stay, leaving assistant Ulrich Landvreugd in charge.

Sir Alex Ferguson

The greatest manager in English football missed three games in over the 1500 games he oversaw. He missed a clash with Manchester City at Maine Road in November 2000 to attend his son’s wedding in South Africa. The other was when he attended the funeral of his brother’s wife.

The final fixture Ferguson missed came in September 2010, when he decided to skip a 5-2 victory over Scunthorpe United in the League Cup. The Scottish was in Spain to scout for goalkeeper David De Gea.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce wasn’t one of the choices Everton fans liked when he was appointed to replace Ronald Koeman.

He made the situation further complicated when he skipped the Europa League trip to Apollon Limassol, sending a makeshift squad to Cyprus so he could spend more time working with the first-team squad at Finch Farm ahead of the Merseyside derby.

Either way, stand-in bosses Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson managed to lead the Toffees to a 3-0 win in Cyprus.

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp missing games isn’t a new thing for the German. He missed Liverpool’s League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa, given he was in Qatar at the time as the Reds’ first-team competed in the Club World Cup.