Jose Mourinho early handshake snubbed by Phil Parkinson

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is known to push his luck with opposition managers from time to time - both when things are going well and also when they are not.

More recently, his 'early handshake' with opposition managers has been gaining headlines - against Aston Villa in October he was branded a disgrace by former assistant manager Roy Keane.

That move came with victory assured; yesterday it was when defeat seemed inevitable that the special one offered a hand to Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson in added time of their FA Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Pat on the head

Mark Yeates had just put the League One side into a seemingly unassailable 4-2 lead, but Parkinson wasn't having any of it, ignoring Mourinho as he instead gave the Bantams boss a pat on the head and turned away.

With time still on the clock, the Bradford manager wasn't getting carried away with the potential success, as Mourinho stared down the barrel of a defeat that left him 'ashamed'.

"He [Mourinho] came over to shake hands but at that point there was still three-and-a-half minutes left and I wasn't getting drawn into that," said Parkinson post-match.

"You know that if Chelsea got one back even at that late stage, and with their world class players on the pitch, they could easily have got a second so we wanted to concentrate on what we had to do and see the game through."

The Mourinho mind games are nothing new at Chelsea, of course, but this appeared to be a genuine gesture from a despondent manager looking to make his exit early from centre stage. The Portuguese has always claimed he likes to make a phone call to the wife early in the tunnel.

Unnecessary headlines

Either way, it makes headlines because it's Mourinho, and whilst he was cutting of his own side's performance post-match, he was humble in defeat to lower-league opposition.

Bradford just pulled off one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history, and the Blues boss made his way to the away team dressing room after the match to congratulate them on their achievement.

"He came in the dressing room afterwards and shook everyone's hands - crediting the lads for their performances, which I thought was a real touch of class," concluded Parkinson.

Quadruple dream dies

Bradford have made giant-killing a recent habit, having reached the League Cup final back in 2013, and victory on Saturday ended dreams of a possible quadruple for Chelsea this season.

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