Marco Ianni is not the first Chelsea assistant to run into trouble on the touchline in recent times
Marco Ianni is the fourth Chelsea assistant in four years to lose his head after he goaded Jose Mourinho in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Chelsea’s second assistant coach was forced to apologise for celebrating Ross Barkley’s stoppage-time equaliser in front of United manager Mourinho, who had to be stopped from chasing Ianni down the tunnel.
But Ianni is not the first member of Chelsea’s backroom staff to disgrace himself in recent years.
Ianni must wait to find out whether referee Mike Dean’s report leads to a Football Association charge and it was Dean who was the subject of Rui Faria’s discontent in 2014, when he was assistant to Mourinho at Chelsea.
Faria was given a six-game stadium ban for his furious outburst at Dean and fourth official Phil Dowd, following a penalty awarded to Sunderland in their shock victory at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho had to hold back Faria, while Chelsea staff had to bundle him down the tunnel. He later admitted two FA charges of misconduct.
Two years later, in 2016, interim manager Guus Hiddink had to lambaste a member of his own backroom staff as the two benches clashed at the end of the ill-tempered London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
The final stages of the game descended into farce after title-chasing Spurs had blown a two goal lead to allow the Blues back into the game - the draw meant that Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions.
As the final whistle blew both sets of players and staff were involved in a heated argument, with 69-year-old Hiddink pushed over into the dugout and Diego Costa accused of biting Jan Vertonghen, which was later disproved.
As Hiddink looked to calm the situation, shoving his warring players towards the dressing room, he also ordered massage therapist Manoel Ribeiro out of the tunnel.
When Ribeiro ignored the Dutchman’s instructions and continued to shout at Tottenham players and staff, Hiddink is reported to have exploded and screamed ‘Remember who the boss is’, amid a number of expletives, before again sending him to the dressing room.
Then, in 2017, Chelsea fitness coach Paolo Bertelli was part of a Stamford Bridge tunnel bust-up that involved Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and visiting masseur Mark Sertori after the home side’s 2-1 victory.
Bertelli was accused of instigating the row by telling Sertori “we just f----- you up the a---”, while there was also an allegation that Guardiola verbally abused a Stamford Bridge steward. Both clubs strongly denied the claims.
Despite Antonio Conte’s subsequent sacking, Bertelli remained at Chelsea and is now a member of Sarri’s backroom staff along with Ianni.