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Former Finnish Manager of the Year Sacked for Commentating on Everton

Typically when a manager is given the sack in football it's on account of their club's poor results.

Occasionally the axe might be dropped on a gaffer though if he's fallen out with the chairman or if he's lost the dressing room and has no idea where to find it.

But once in awhile a manager does something a little off the charts that leads to their demise, like when Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty was relieved of his duties shortly after winning the 1977 FA Cup.

What was Dochery's misdemeanour? He shagged the club physio's wife.

Although the now former Finnish side FC Ilves boss Keith Armstrong wasn't sacked for anything quite as sexy, he was given his get the hell out papers for another curious reason that was unrelated to his team's results.

It turns out that the former Sunderland midfielder, and three time Finnish coach of the year, skipped his side's match last Sunday with SJK to work as a pundit on MTV3’s coverage of the Premier League matches between Everton and Liverpool, and Arsenal versus Manchester United.

Needless to say his bosses weren't impressed, and can you honestly blame them?

The Ilves board reacted to Armstrong's decision to ditch his role on the touch line for the opportunity to wax lyrically about Antonio Valencia by sacking him the next day.

The official statement from the club's CEO Tom Erolainen read:

"[FC Ilves] have terminated the contract of head coach Keith Armstrong.
We want to thank (Armstrong) for the excellent work he’s done as a coach of the Lynxes. Behind us is a magnificent season, which has given the fans and players a lot.
A common path is no longer found in the future. The team is now focusing firmly on the last matches of the Veikkausliiga season, as we seek to finish in sixth place."

Armstrong has since claimed that the situation is not as it seems and that his captain and assistant bosses knew he would be missing the match.

It still comes across as a dopey decision on his part even if that is the case though.


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