Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ironically claimed that he should be awarded as the Premier League’s most well-behaved boss.
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho is no stranger to controversy on the touchline- landing him in trouble with the FA many times over the years- but it would seem that the Portuguese feels he has done enough to prove that he has finally got his act together.
While Mourinho has admitted that he is far from the reformed character, he has made a conscious effort this season to improve his behaviour during matches.
Reported by Sky Sports, Mourinho said: “I am fully committed to win the award this season of the best-behaved manager on the touchline. I am serious!
“There are so many awards – performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that – they should give one (to) the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote.
“I’m pretty sure that I would win. I’m serious! I didn’t create one problem to one fourth official on a touchline, apart from my red card at Southampton when I put a foot on the pitch.
“I’m serious, I prepare myself, I’m really happy. I’m not free of losing my temper, my control in one match. I’m not perfect.
“I’m not going from the Bad One to the Perfect One, no way, but I try, I make an effort and I’m happy with the way things are going.”
Mourinho went on to discuss the cultural aspect of the English game, and while he likes certain aspects of the style of play, he feels he needs to address the incidents’ when his players are receiving heavy treatment in matches.
“I feel that English football has some cultural heritage, tradition, and there are some qualities I really like in the game,” continued Mourinho.
“But I have to cry a little bit, I have to try to protect my players because, really, you can see the way Alexis was welcomed.
“Yes, he’s a tough boy, he’s a pure guy. He copes with that, and at Yeovil too in difficult conditions with some bad tackles like against Huddersfield, and the referees have just to… I don’t like the word protect the players because it looks like they have to protect only the top players – and I think on the pitch every player is the same.
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“They can’t look at a player and say this guy is very talented so I have to protect him. No, they have to protect them equally.”
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