For a manager at the top level of any sport, deciding what your look is going to be is a big choice. Do you go formal and imposing with a suit, or do you show that you’re one of the team by wearing a tracksuit? Over the past few years, we’ve had managers at both ends of the scale. Let’s take a look at some of them…
The only football manager able to pull off a sweater, JJ was the definition of a scruffy manager. He didn’t care for suits, he would wear whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. His clothes epitomised his tactics, his players didn’t play the best football in the world and won in whatever way they could, playing ugly if you will. And anyway, if he had worn a suit, he may well have ripped it in anger quite a few times.
Kenny Shiels was always seen as one of the boys, and he showed this with what he wore. In a Killie tracksuit with his initials emblazoned proudly on the chest, even for big games, he truly became Killie through and through. Even in the 2012 cup final he didn’t wear a suit, whether that’s a matter of principal or he just doesn’t like them we’ll never know.
The big man was fond of a plethora of outfits. From suits, to tracksuits, to shirts, he mixed and matched his clobber just like he mixed and matched his success at the club. Although he did keep us up that season, he also lost more games than he won, so it was certainly a mixed bag. I’m sure everyone remembers the famous photo from the last day of the season, Calderwood in a white shirt as he sprinted onto the pitch to celebrate.
Possibly our worst manager of the past few years, competing for that title with the one and only Gary Locke. Allan wore an ill fitting suit, which is ironic, because he was ill-fitting to be a manager at the top level. He now resides at Dunfermline, where he has chosen to go back to tracksuits, which is just about right for that level and more his style.
The new gaffer is the image of perfection, a nice suit that highlights his stature in the managerial scene. He always looks cool, well turned out and radiates confidence which in turn has translated back to the fans.